Ecclesiastes 8:5
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New International Version
Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.

King James Bible
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man's heart knoweth time and manner.

World English Bible
Whoever keeps the commandment shall not come to harm, and his wise heart will know the time and procedure.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is keeping a command knoweth no evil thing, and time and judgment the heart of the wise knoweth.

Ecclesiastes 8:5 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Both time and judgment - It is a matter of great importance to be able to discern When and How both to speak and act; but when time and manner are both determined, the matter comes next. What shall I speak? What shall I do? When, how, and what answer to time, manner, and knitter. To discern all these, and act suitably, is a lesson for a philosopher, and a study for a Christian.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

keepeth

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you on earth...

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

Psalm 119:6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect to all your commandments.

Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

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

Acts 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, judge you.

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Romans 13:5-7 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake...

1 Peter 3:13,14 And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good...

feel

Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.

Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.

1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do...

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Luke 12:56,57 You hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that you do not discern this time...

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them...

Philippians 1:9,10 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment...

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age...

Library
Misused Respite
'Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil'--ECCLES. viii. 11. When the Pharaoh of the Exodus saw there was respite, he hardened his heart. Abject in his fear before Moses, he was ready to promise anything; insolent in his pride, he swallows down his promises as soon as fear is eased, his repentance and his retractation of it combined to add new weights about his neck. He was but a conspicuous example of
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Whether Christ Should have Been Circumcised?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ should not have been circumcised. For on the advent of the reality, the figure ceases. But circumcision was prescribed to Abraham as a sign of the covenant concerning his posterity, as may be seen from Gn. 17. Now this covenant was fulfilled in Christ's birth. Therefore circumcision should have ceased at once. Objection 2: Further, "every action of Christ is a lesson to us" [*Innoc. III, Serm. xxii de Temp.]; wherefore it is written (Jn. 3:15): "I have given
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Ecclesiastes
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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