Ecclesiastes 8:2-8

Obey the king

2 You promised God that you would obey the king, so do whatever he tells you to do. 3 If you are with the king, do not leave in a hurry. Do not become friends with people who are against him. Remember that the king can do anything that he wants to do. 4 He is very powerful, so do not argue with him. Nobody can tell him what he should do.

5 Everyone who obeys the king will be safe.

A wise man knows what he should do,

and he knows when he should do it,

and he knows how to do it.

6 You may have a difficult life.

But there is a right time for things to happen.

There is a right way to do things.

7 Nobody can tell what will happen in future days or years.

8 We do not know the day when we will die.

And we can do nothing to change that day.

We may fight against death, but we cannot win that fight.

Not even a bad person can do that.