Be not troubled at his presence, thou mayest go, stand not in an evil thing, for all that he pleaseth he doth.
Ecclesiastes 8:3 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Be not hasty - I consider the first five verses here as directions to courtiers, and the more immediate servants of kings.
Be steadily faithful to your sovereign. Do not stand in an evil thing. If you have done wrong, do not endeavor to vindicate yourself before him; it is of no use; his power is absolute, and he will do what he pleases. He will take his own view of the subject, and he will retain it. The language of a despotic sovereign was ever this, Sic volo sic jubeo, stat pro ratione voluntas; "I will this. I command that. No hesitation! My will is law!" Therefore it is added here, Where the word of a king is, there is power - influence, authority, and the sword. And who may say unto him, whether he acts right or wrong, What doest thou? Ecclesiastes 8:4. No wonder in such governments there are so many revolutions; but they are revolutions without amendment, as it is one tyrant rising up to destroy another, who, when seated in authority, acts in the way of his predecessor; till another, like himself, do to him as he has done to the former. In our country, after a long trial, we find that a mixed monarchy is the safest, best, and most useful form of government: we have had, it is true, unprincipled ministers, who wished to turn our limited into an absolute monarchy; and they were always ready to state that an absolute monarchy was best. Granted; provided the monarch be as wise, as holy, and as powerful as God!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses.
Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.
1 Kings 1:50-52 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar...
1 Kings 2:21-24 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother to wife...
Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass;
Jeremiah 44:16,17 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you...
Acts 5:8,9 And Peter answered to her, Tell me whether you sold the land for so much? And she said, Yes, for so much...
Proverbs 16:14,15 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it...
Proverbs 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he does according to his will in the army of heaven...
Daniel 5:19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew...
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