Ecclesiastes 8:5
Good News Translation
As long as you obey his commands, you are safe, and a wise person knows how and when to do it.

New Revised Standard Version
Whoever obeys a command will meet no harm, and the wise mind will know the time and way.

Contemporary English Version
If you obey the king, you will stay out of trouble. So be wise and learn what to do and when to do it.

New American Bible
“Whoever observes a command knows no harm, and the wise heart knows times and judgments.”

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth the commandment, shall find no evil. The heart of a wiser man understandeth time and answer.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He that keepeth the commandment, shall find no evil. The heart of a wiser man understandeth time and answer.


Ecclesiastes 5:2 Speak not any thing rashly, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Exodus 1:17,20,21 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded, but saved the men children. . . .

Psalm 119:6 Then shall I not be confounded, when I shall look into all thy commandments.

Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is under oppression, and broken in judgment: because he began to go after filthiness.

Luke 20:25 And he said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things, that are Caesar's: and to God the things that are God's.

Acts 4:19 But Peter and John answering, said to them: If it be just, in the sight of God, to hear you rather than God, judge ye.

Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God rather than men.

Romans 13:5-7 Wherefore be subject of necessity: not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake. . . .

1 Peter 3:13,14 And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good? . . .


Ecclesiastes 2:14 The eyes of a wise man are in his head: the fool walketh in darkness: and I learned that they were to die both alike.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 The heart of a wise man is in his right hand, and the heart of a fool is in his left hand.

1 Chronicles 12:32 Also of the sons of Issachar men of understanding, that knew all times to order what Israel should do, two hundred principal men: and all the rest of the tribe followed their counsel.

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

Luke 12:56,57 You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the heaven and of the earth: but how is it that you do not discern this time? . . .

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God. For it is foolishness to him: and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined. . . .

Philippians 1:9,10 And this I pray: That your charity may more and more abound in knowledge and in all understanding: . . .

Colossians 1:9 Therefore we also, from the day that we heard it, cease not to pray for you and to beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding:

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat is for the perfect: for them who by custom have their senses exercised to the discerning of good and evil.

Obey the King
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.6There is a time and opportunity for every business, and great affliction for man:…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:21
Whatsoever shall befall the just man, shall not make him sad: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Let us all hear together the conclusion of the discourse. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is all man:

Ecclesiastes 8:4
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