Ecclesiastes 8:2
Modern Translations
New International Version
Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God.

New Living Translation
Obey the king since you vowed to God that you would.

English Standard Version
I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him.

Berean Study Bible
Keep the king’s command, I say, because of your oath before God.

New American Standard Bible
I say, “Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God.

NASB 1995
I say, "Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God.

NASB 1977
I say, “Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God.

Amplified Bible
I counsel you to keep the command of the king because of the oath before God [by which you swore loyalty to him].

Christian Standard Bible
Keep the king’s command because of your oath made before God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Keep the king's command because of your oath made before God.

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

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I [advise] you to obey the king's commands because of the oath you took in God's presence.

International Standard Version
I advise doing what the king says, especially regarding an oath to God.

NET Bible
Obey the king's command, because you took an oath before God to be loyal to him.
Classic Translations
King James Bible
I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

New King James Version
I say, “Keep the king’s commandment for the sake of your oath to God.

King James 2000 Bible
I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that for the sake of your oath to God.

New Heart English Bible
Keep the king's command, because of the oath to God.

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

American King James Version
I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

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

A Faithful Version
I counsel you, "Keep the king's word, and that in regard of the oath of God.

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

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

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

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
I aduertise thee to take heede to ye mouth of the King, and to the worde of the othe of God.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
Kepe the kynges commaundement, namely for the oth that thou hast made vnto God for the same.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
Kepe the kynges commaundemet (I warne the) & the ooth yt thou hast made vnto God.
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
I [counsel]: keep the command of a king, even for the sake of an oath [to] God.

Young's Literal Translation
I pray thee, the commandment of a king keep, even for the sake of the oath of God.

Smith's Literal Translation
I am to watch the king's mouth by reason of the oath of God.

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

Catholic Public Domain Version
I heed the mouth of the king, and the commandment of an oath to God.

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
The mouth of the King keep, and do not be hasty concerning the word of the oath of God

Lamsa Bible
Keep the king's command, and in regard of the oath of God be not hasty.

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
I [counsel thee]: keep the king's command, and that in regard of the oath of God.

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








Ecclesiastes 8:1
Top of Page
Top of Page