Ecclesiastes 8:1
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English Standard Version
Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

King James Bible
Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

American Standard Version
Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wisdom of a man shineth in his countenance, and the most mighty will change his face.

English Revised Version
Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"For that which is, is far off, and deep, - yes, deep; who can reach it?" Knobel, Hitz., Vaih., and Bullock translate: for what is remote and deep, deep, who can find it? i.e., investigate it; but mah-shehayah is everywhere an idea by itself, and means either id quod fuit, or id quod exstitit, Ecclesiastes 1:9; Ecclesiastes 3:15; Ecclesiastes 6:10; in the former sense it is the contrast of mah-shěihyěh, Ecclesiastes 8:7; Ecclesiastes 10:14, cf. Ecclesiastes 3:22; in the latter, it is the contrast of that which does not exist, because it has not come into existence. In this way it is also not to be translated: For it is far off what it (wisdom) is (Zckl.) [ equals what wisdom is lies far off from human knowledge], or: what it is (the essence of wisdom), is far off (Elst.) - which would be expressed by the words מה־שּׁהיא. And if מה־שׁהיה is an idea complete in itself, it is evidently not that which is past that is meant (thus e.g., Rosenm. quod ante aderat), for that is a limitation of the obj. of knowledge, which is unsuitable here, but that which has come into existence. Rightly, Hengst.: that which has being, for wisdom is τῶν ὄντων γνῶσις ἀψευδής, Wisd. 7:17. He compares Judges 3:11, "the work which God does," and Ecclesiastes 8:17, "the work which is done under the sun." What Koheleth there says of the totality of the historical, he here says of the world of things: this (in its essence and its grounds) remains far off from man; it is for him, and also in itself and for all creatures, far too deep (עמק עמק, the ancient expression for the superlative): Who can intelligibly reach (ימץ, from מצא, assequi, in an intellectual sense, as at Ecclesiastes 3:11; Ecclesiastes 8:17; cf. Job 11:7) it (this all of being)? The author appears in the book as a teacher of wisdom, and emphatically here makes confession of the limitation of his wisdom; for the consciousness of this limitation comes over him in the midst of his teaching.

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as the

Ecclesiastes 2:13,14 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness...

1 Corinthians 2:13-16 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches...

who knoweth

Genesis 40:8 And they said to him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said to them...

Genesis 41:15,16,38,39 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of you...

Job 33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness:

Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Daniel 2:28-30,47 But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days...

Daniel 4:18,19 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof...

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

a man's

Exodus 34:29,30 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand...

Proverbs 4:8,9 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her...

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

and the

Deuteronomy 28:50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young:

Acts 4:13,29 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled...

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

boldness

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known...

Cross References
Romans 13:5
Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

Exodus 34:29
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.

Exodus 34:30
Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

Deuteronomy 28:50
a hard-faced nation who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young.

Proverbs 21:29
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways.

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