Ecclesiastes 8:4

“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say vnto him, What doest thou?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, "What are you doing?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the king's word `hath' power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
- American Standard Version (1901)

The word of a king has authority; and who may say to him, What is this you are doing?
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

Where the word of a king [is] power [is], and who saith to him, `What dost thou?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Forasmuch as the king's word hath power; and who may say unto him: 'What doest thou?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 8

  • Brianna vs. 11-13
    With all the unjust court rulings happening, I do appreciate seeing God's Justice. Wicked men think that they can do all the bad they want just because judgement has not been executed immediately. That is the time for repentance. However, we are promised that it will not turn out well for the wicked. Jehovah God will bring justice. Unlike human courts, who very often let criminals go free.
  • Steve morrow
    ECCLESIASTES 8:4 WHERE THE WORD OF A KING IS THERE IS POWER AND WHO MAY SAY UNTO HIM WHAT DOEST THOU HEBREWS 12:24 AND TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT AND TO THE BLOOD OF SPRINKLING THAT SPEAKETH BETTER THINGS THAN THAT OF ABEL *****HEBREWS 7:24 BUT THIS MAN BECAUSE HE COTINUETH EVER HATH AN UNCHANGEABLE PRIESTHOOD*****
  • Brianna Vs. 9
    Seeing the Bible's words fulfilled in every part of the earth shows how true it is. In every way, shape, and form people are being oppressed around the world. Human rulers are following after their leader. (1 John 5:19) That is why Jehovah God's government is being promoted by his people to show that there is a government that is pure
  • BSP
    When people don't immediately have to face the consequences of their actions, they can become set in a bad course as verse 11 shows.
  • Marie hoadley for verse 11
    This is why the world is in such a mess..God is putting off judgement,to allow time for repentance.but the warnings is not being taken seriously.but we know judgement is coming soon. I pray souls will be saved before it to late.I want to be ready whenever he comes.love you jesus
  • BARBARA for verse 5
    Solomon shares what he felt in the time God gave him to learn from his mistakes and God still use him after he lost kingdoms except 1. This shows that God kept his promise to David to keep a light for his throne for JESUS. THIS chapter tell me I 'm safe long ss I 'm in Gods will and the ones that 's not it font apply to them.

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