Ecclesiastes 8:2
Good News Translation
Do what the king says, and don't make any rash promises to God.

Contemporary English Version
If you promised God that you would be loyal to the king, I advise you to keep that promise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God.

New American Bible
Observe the command of the king, in view of your oath to God.

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I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God.

i counsel

Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear the Lord, and the king: and have nothing to do with detractors.

Romans 13:1-4 Let every soul be subject to higher powers. For there is no power but from God: and those that are ordained of God. . . .

Titus 3:1 Admonish them to be subject to princes and powers, to obey at a word, to be ready to every good work.

1 Peter 2:13-17 Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, . . .

in regard

1 Kings 2:43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I laid upon thee?

1 Chronicles 29:24 And all the princes, and men of power, and all the sons of king David gave their hand, and were subject to Solomon the king.

Ezekiel 17:13-20 And he shall take one of the king's seed, and make a covenant with him, and take an oath of him. Yea, and he shall take away the mighty men of the land, . . .

Romans 13:5 Wherefore be subject of necessity: not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

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.3Be not hasty to depart from his face, and do not continue in an evil work: for he will do all that pleaseth him:…
Cross References
Exodus 22:11
There shall be an oath between them, that he did not put forth his hand to his neighbour's goods: and the owner shall accept of the oath, and he shall not be compelled to make restitution.

2 Samuel 21:7
And the king spared Miphiboseth the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of the Lord, that had been between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

Ezekiel 17:18
For he had despised the oath, breaking his covenant, and behold he hath given his hand: and having done all these things, he shall not escape.

Additional Translations
Keep the king’s command, I say, because of your oath before God.I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

I counsel thee , Keep the king's command, and that in regard of the oath of God.

Observe the commandment of the king, and that because of the word of the oath of God.

I [say], Keep the king's commandment, and [that] on account of the oath of God.

I counsel thee, Keep the king's command, and that in regard of the oath of God.

I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

I say, "Keep the king's command!" because of the oath to God.

I pray thee, the commandment of a king keep, even for the sake of the oath of God.
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