Ecclesiastes 8:1
Good News Translation
Only the wise know what things really mean. Wisdom makes them smile and makes their frowns disappear.

Contemporary English Version
Who is smart enough to explain everything? Wisdom makes you cheerful and gives you a smile.

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

New American Bible
Who is like the wise person, and who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom illumines the face and transforms a grim countenance.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

as the

Ecclesiastes 2:13,14 And I saw that wisdom excelled folly, as much as light differeth from darkness. . . .

1 Corinthians 2:13-16 Which things also we speak: not in the learned words of human wisdom, but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. . . .

who knoweth

Genesis 40:8 They answered: We have dreamed a dream, and there is nobody to interpret it to us. And Joseph said to them: Doth not interpretation belong to God? Tell me what you have dreamed:

Genesis 41:15,16,38,39 And he said to him: I have dreamed dreams, and there is no one that can expound them: Now I have heard that thou art very wise at interpreting them: . . .

Job 33:23 If there shall be an angel speaking for him, one among thousands, to declare man's uprightness,

Proverbs 1:6 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Daniel 2:28-30,47 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth mysteries, who hath shewn to thee, O king Nabuchodonosor, what is to come to pass in the latter times. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these: . . .

Daniel 4:18,19 And the branches thereof were most beautiful, and its fruit exceeding much, and in it was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and the birds of the air had their abode in its branches. . . .

2 Peter 1:20 Understanding this first: That no prophecy of scripture is made by private interpretation.

a man's

Exodus 34:29,30 And when Moses came down from the Mount Sinai, he held the two tables of the testimony, and he knew not that his face was horned from the conversation of the Lord. . . .

Proverbs 4:8,9 She shall give to thy head increase of graces, and protect thee with a noble crown. . . .

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom shineth in the face of the wise: the eyes of fools are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong: and a knowing man, stout and valiant.

Matthew 17:2 And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.

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

and the

Deuteronomy 28:50 A most insolent nation, that will shew no regard to the ancients, nor have pity on the infant,

Acts 4:13,29 Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John, understanding that they were illiterate and ignorant men, they wondered: and they knew them that they had been with Jesus. . . .

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

boldness

2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, that by me the preaching may be accomplished and that all the Gentiles may hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Context
Obey the King
1The wisdom of a man shineth in his countenance, and the most mighty will change his face.2I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God.…
Cross References
Romans 13:5
Wherefore be subject of necessity: not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

Exodus 34:29
And when Moses came down from the Mount Sinai, he held the two tables of the testimony, and he knew not that his face was horned from the conversation of the Lord.

Exodus 34:30
And Aaron and the children of Israel seeing the face of Moses horned, were afraid to come near.

Deuteronomy 28:50
A most insolent nation, that will shew no regard to the ancients, nor have pity on the infant,

Proverbs 21:29
The wicked man impudently hardeneth his face: but he that is righteous, correcteth his way.

Additional Translations
Who is like the wise man? Who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man’s wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed.Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

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.

Who knows the wise? and who knows the interpretation of a saying? A man's wisdom will lighten his countenance; but a man of shameless countenance will be hated.

Who is as the wise? and who knoweth the explanation of things? A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face is changed.

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.

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.

Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

Who is as the wise? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? The wisdom of man causeth his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.
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