Ecclesiastes 8:4
Modern Translations
New International Version
Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

New Living Translation
His command is backed by great power. No one can resist or question it.

English Standard Version
For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, “What are you doing?”

Berean Study Bible
For the king’s word is supreme, and who can say to him, “What are you doing?”

New American Standard Bible
Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, “What are you doing?”

NASB 1995
Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, "What are you doing?"

NASB 1977
Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, “What are you doing?”

Amplified Bible
For the word of a king is authoritative and powerful, And who will say to him, “What are you doing?”

Christian Standard Bible
For the king’s word is authoritative, and who can say to him, “What are you doing? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the king's word is authoritative, and who can say to him, "What are you doing?"

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

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since a king's word has such power, no one can ask him what he is doing.

International Standard Version
Since a king's command is powerful, who is able to challenge him, asking, "What are you doing?"

NET Bible
Surely the king's authority is absolute; no one can say to him, "What are you doing?"
Classic Translations
King James Bible
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

New King James Version
Where the word of a king is, there is power; And who may say to him, “What are you doing?”

King James 2000 Bible
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What are you doing?

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

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

American King James Version
Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, What do you?

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

A Faithful Version
Because the word of a king is that which has power, who may say to him, "What are you doing?"

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

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

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

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
Where the word of ye King is, there is power, and who shall say vnto him, What doest thou?

Bishops' Bible of 1568
Like as when a king geueth a charge, his commaundement is mightie: Euen so, who may say vnto him, what doest thou?

Coverdale Bible of 1535
Like as when a kynge geueth a charge, his commaundement is mightie: Euen so who maye saye vnto him: what doest thou?
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
Where the word of a king [is] power [is], and who says to him, “What do you do?”

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

Smith's Literal Translation
Wheresoever the word of a king, it is powerful: and who shall say to him, What wilt thou do?

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

Catholic Public Domain Version
And his word is filled with authority. Neither is anyone able to say to him: “Why are you acting this way?”

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
Just as the King has spoken, he is authorized, and who will say to him: "What are you doing?"

Lamsa Bible
In what manner the king speaks is lawful; and who can say to him, What are you doing?

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
Forasmuch as the king's word hath power; and who may say unto him: 'What doest thou?'

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








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