Ecclesiastes 8:4
Good News Translation
The king acts with authority, and no one can challenge what he does.

Contemporary English Version
The king's word is law. No one can ask him, "Why are you doing this?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so?

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And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so?

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1 Kings 2:25,29-34,46 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Banaias, the son of Joiada, who slew him, and he died. . . .

Proverbs 19:12 As the roaring of a lion, so also is the anger of a king: and his cheerfulness as the dew upon the grass.

Proverbs 20:2 As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul.

Proverbs 30:31 A cock girded about the loins: and a ram: and a king, whom none can resist.

Daniel 3:15 Now, therefore, if you be ready, at what hour soever, you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, flute, harp, sackbut, and psaltery, and symphony, and of all kind of music, prostrate yourselves, and adore the statue which I have made: but if you do not adore, you shall be cast the same hour into the furnace of burning fire: and who is the God that shall deliver you out of my hand?

Luke 12:4,5 And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. . . .

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. . . .

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Job 33:12,13 Now this is the thing in which thou art not justified: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. . . .

Job 34:18,19 Who saith to the king: Thou art an apostate: who calleth rulers ungodly: . . .

Romans 9:20 O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it: Why hast thou made me thus?

Context
Obey the King
3Be not hasty to depart from his face, and do not continue in an evil work: for he will do all that pleaseth him: 4And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so?5He that keepeth the commandment, shall find no evil. The heart of a wiser man understandeth time and answer.…
Cross References
Job 9:12
If he examine on a sudden, who shall answer him? or who can say: Why dost thou so?

Daniel 4:35


Additional Translations
For the king’s word is supreme, and who can say to him, “What are you doing?”Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, What do you?

For the king's word hath power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

even as a king having power: and who will say to him, What doest thou?

because the word of a king is power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

Because the king's word hath power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, what doest thou?

for the king's word is supreme. Who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

Where the word of a king is power is, and who saith to him, 'What dost thou?'
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