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

New Living Translation
Those who obey him will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right,

English Standard Version
Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever keeps his command will come to no harm, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure.

New American Standard Bible
One who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.

NASB 1995
He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.

NASB 1977
He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.

Amplified Bible
Whoever keeps and observes a royal command will experience neither trouble nor misery; For a wise heart will know the proper time and [appropriate] procedure.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who keeps a command will not experience anything harmful, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who keeps a command will not experience anything harmful, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure.

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.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever obeys his commands will avoid trouble. The mind of a wise person will know the right time and the right way [to act].

International Standard Version
Whoever obeys his commands will not experience harm, and the wise in heart will discern both the appropriate time and response.

NET Bible
Whoever obeys his command will not experience harm, and a wise person knows the proper time and procedure.
Classic Translations
King James Bible
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

New King James Version
He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful; And a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment,

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever keeps the commandment shall experience no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment.

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

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

American King James Version
Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment.

American Standard Version
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man's heart discerneth time and judgment:

A Faithful Version
Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing; and a wise man's heart discerns 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.

English Revised Version
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man's heart discerneth time and judgment:

Webster's Bible Translation
He who keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
He that keepeth the commandement, shall knowe none euill thing, and the heart of the wise shall knowe the time and iudgement.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
Who so kepeth the commaundement, shall feele no harme: but a wyse mans heart discerneth the tyme and iudgement.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
Who so kepeth the commaundement, shall fele no harme: but a wyse mans herte discerneth tyme and maner:
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
Whoever is keeping a command knows no evil thing, and time and judgment the heart of the wise knows.

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

Smith's Literal Translation
He watching the command knew no evil word: and time and judgment the wise one will know.

Catholic Translations
Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth the commandments shall find no evil. The heart of a wise man understandeth time and answer.

Catholic Public Domain Version
Whoever keeps the commandment will not experience evil. The heart of a wise man understands the time to respond.

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
He who keeps the commandment does not know an evil matter, and the heart of the wise knows time and judgment

Lamsa Bible
He who keeps a command shall know no evil thing; and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment.

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; And a wise man's heart discerneth time and judgment.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that keeps the commandment shall not know an evil thing: and the heart of the wise knows the time of judgement.








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