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Ecclesiastes 10:4

    Ecclesiastes 10:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for gentleness allayeth great offences.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If the wrath of the ruler is against you, keep in your place; in him who keeps quiet even great sins may be overlooked.

    Webster's Revision

    If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for gentleness allayeth great offences.

    World English Bible

    If the spirit of the ruler rises up against you, don't leave your place; for gentleness lays great offenses to rest.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding allayeth great offences.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:4

    If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee - If the king get incensed against thee.

    Leave not thy place - Humble thyself before him, that is thy place and duty; for yielding to him, and not standing stoutly in thy defense, pacifieth great offenses: and then, when his anger is appeased, he will hear any thing in thy justification, if thou have any thing to offer. This is good advice to a child in reference to his parents, and to an inferior of any kind in reference to his superiors.

    Several of the fathers understood this differently, It the spirit of the ruler - the influence of Satan - hath risen up against and prevailed over thee, to bring thee into some sin; leave not thy place - do not despair of God's mercy; humble thyself before him, and seek pardon through the Son of his love, and this will be מרפא marpe, a remedy or cure even for חטאים גדולים chataim gedolim, great errors or sins. All this is true in itself, whether found in this text or not.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 10:4

    If the spirit ... - i. e., If he is angry.

    Leave not thy place - i. e., Do not lose thy self-control and quit his presence. Gentleness on thy part will calm both thyself and him, and prevent great wrongs being committed by either.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 10:4

    10:4 The spirit - The passion. Leave not - In anger or discontent. Continue in a diligent and faithful discharge of thy duty, and modestly and humbly submit to him. Yielding - A gentle and submissive carriage.