New Living Translation
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose is that people should fear him.
King James Bible
I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
Darby Bible Translation
I know that whatever God doeth, it shall be for ever; there is nothing to be added to it, nor anything to be taken from it; and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
World English Bible
I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; and God has done it, that men should fear before him.
Young's Literal Translation
I have known that all that God doth is to the age, to it nothing is to be added, and from it nothing is to be withdrawn; and God hath wrought that they do fear before Him.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:14 For ever - All God's counsels or decrees are eternal and unchangeable. Nothing - Men can neither do any thing against God's counsel and providence, nor hinder any work or act of it. Fear - That by the consideration of his power in the disposal of all persons and things, men should learn to trust in him, to submit to him, to fear to offend him, and more carefully study to please him.
Of Self-Annihilation Supplication and sacrifice are comprehended in prayer, which, according to S. John, is "an incense, the smoke whereof ascendeth unto God;" therefore it is said in the Apocalypse that "unto the Angel was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all Saints'' (Chap. viii. 3). Prayer is the effusion of the heart in the Presence of God: "I have poured out my soul before God" saith the mother of Samuel. (1 Sam. i. 15) The prayer of the wise men at the feet of …
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The Lapse of Time.
"For they that are after the Flesh do Mind,"
Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.
Pay attention to these instructions, for anyone who fears God will avoid both extremes.
But even though a person sins a hundred times and still lives a long time, I know that those who fear God will be better off.
The wicked will not prosper, for they do not fear God. Their days will never grow long like the evening shadows.
That's the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone's duty.
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