Ecclesiastes 8:4
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New International Version
Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

New Living Translation
His command is backed by great power. No one can resist or question it.

English Standard Version
For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, “What are you doing?”

New American Standard Bible
Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, "What are you doing?"

King James Bible
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the king's word is authoritative, and who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

International Standard Version
Since a king's command is powerful, who is able to challenge him, asking, "What are you doing?"

NET Bible
Surely the king's authority is absolute; no one can say to him, "What are you doing?"

New Heart English Bible
for the king's word is supreme. Who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since a king's word has such power, no one can ask him what he is doing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Forasmuch as the king's word hath power; and who may say unto him: 'What doest thou?'

New American Standard 1977
Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, “What are you doing?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
because the word of the king is his power and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

King James 2000 Bible
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What are you doing?

American King James Version
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, What do you?

American Standard Version
For the king's word hath power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so?

Darby Bible Translation
because the word of a king is power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

English Revised Version
Because the king's word hath power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

Webster's Bible Translation
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, what doest thou?

World English Bible
for the king's word is supreme. Who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

Young's Literal Translation
Where the word of a king is power is, and who saith to him, 'What dost thou?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:1-5 None of the rich, the powerful, the honourable, or the accomplished of the sons of men, are so excellent, useful, or happy, as the wise man. Who else can interpret the words of God, or teach aright from his truths and dispensations? What madness must it be for weak and dependent creatures to rebel against the Almighty! What numbers form wrong judgments, and bring misery on themselves, in this life and that to come!
Study Bible
Obey the King
3"Do not be in a hurry to leave him. Do not join in an evil matter, for he will do whatever he pleases." 4Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, "What are you doing?" 5He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.…
Cross References
Job 9:12
"Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, 'What are You doing?'

Daniel 4:35
"All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, 'What have You done?'
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Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, What do you?

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1 Kings 2:25,29-34,46 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; …

Proverbs 19:12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as …

Proverbs 20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provokes …

Proverbs 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

Daniel 3:15 Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, …

Luke 12:4,5 And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the …

Romans 13:1-4 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power …

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Job 33:12,13 Behold, in this you are not just: I will answer you, that God is …

Job 34:18,19 Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You are ungodly…

Romans 9:20 No but, O man, who are you that reply against God? Shall the thing …

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