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This reference section has been included to present the entire passage of Scripture as it grabbed my attention in preparation.  No, all the other research is NOT included, but do feel it important that if other like minded individuals wanted to know why the entire passage was used to build this Series – it could be shared…

Ecclesiastes 8 | Readers Format

(1) Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. (2) I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. (3) Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. (4) Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? (5) Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. (6) Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. (7) For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? (8) There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it. (9) All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. (10) And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. (11) 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. (12) Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: (13) But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. (14) There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. (15) Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. (16) When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:) (17) Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 | King James Version

Ecclesiastes 8 | By Division in Presentation Format

There are four divisions presented in this passage of Scripture that may aid in understanding how it was written.

Division One | Being Accepted of God

(1) Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. (2) I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. (3) Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. (4) Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? (5) Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment
Ecclesiastes 8:1-5 | King James Version

A challenge that can be taken from this passage is to consider who is indeed wise?  Where do we get our “Wisdom” from in the first place?  What is considered “Wisdom” might be another good question to ask. Plainly given is where to NOT find it.

Division Two | Having the Wisdom of God

(6) Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. (7) For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? (8) There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Ecclesiastes 8:6-8 | King James Version

We do not know why things happen the way they do, but we can be assured that we KNOW who is in control as Christians.  These three verses are VERY telling and illuminate more about what we do NOT have control over, a truth that many today do not believe and would not want to consider due to their thinking they have everything under control.

Division Three | Understanding the Warnings of God

(9) All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. (10) And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. (11) 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. (12) Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: (13) But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
Ecclesiastes 8:9-13 | King James Version

When others believe they have all the bases covered so to speak, usually with no mention of God the Father, the Salvation of the Son of God or the indwelling of the Holy Spirit – we can surmise that they have less understanding than they believe.  Yes, this is an Old Testament book, but it is FULL tilt New Testament backup to what man is doing today in denial of even a Creator, much less the Creator God.

Division Four | Living According to the Plan of God

(14) There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity. (15) Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. (16) When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:) (17) Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 | King James Version

One must consider that living outside the Will of the Father is sin and believing that we can do so and do it on our own is also vanity.  We will never achieve what God the Father has for us to do, nor will we represent our Lord and Saviour to the world as a result of our Relationship with Him if we attempt to go it all on our own.  How can we expect to see His Work, if we don’t even try to see Him for His Work?

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