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Ecclesiastes 8:2

    Ecclesiastes 8:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I counsel thee , Keep the king's command, and that in regard of the oath of God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I say to you, Keep the king's law, from respect for the oath of God.

    Webster's Revision

    I counsel thee , Keep the king's command, and that in regard of the oath of God.

    World English Bible

    I say, "Keep the king's command!" because of the oath to God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I counsel thee, Keep the king's command, and that in regard of the oath of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 8:2

    To keep the king's commandment - This sentence would be better translated, I keep the mouth of the king; I take good heed not to meddle with state secrets; and if I know, to hide them. Or, I am obedient to the commands of the laws; I feel myself bound by whatever the king has decreed.

    In regard of the oath of God - You have sworn obedience to him; keep your oath, for the engagement was made in the presence of God. It appears that the Jewish princes and chiefs took an oath of fidelity to their kings. This appears to have been done to David, 2 Samuel 5:1-3; to Joash, 2 Kings 11:17; and to Solomon, 1 Chronicles 29:24.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 8:2

    Oath - A reference to the oath of allegiance taken to Solomon at his accession to the throne (the margin of 1 Chronicles 29:24).