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Ecclesiastes 8:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For the king's word [hath] power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Where the word of a king [is, there is] power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, “What are you doing?”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Where the word of a king [is], [there is] power: and who may say to him, what doest thou?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— because the word of a king is power; and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Where the word of a king is, there is power,—who then may say to him, What wouldst thou do?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Where the word of a king [is] power [is], and who saith to him, 'What dost thou?'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And his word is full of power: neither can any man say to him: Why dost thou so?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Where the word of a king [is, there is] power: and who may say vnto him, What doest thou?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— even as a king having power: and who will say to him, What doest thou?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Where the word of a king [is, there is] power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Where x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
the word 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
of a king 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
[is, there is] power: 7983
{7983} Prime
From H7980; a potentate.
and who x4310
(4310) Complement
An interrogitive pronoun of persons, as H4100 is of things, who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix.
may say 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
unto him, What x4100
(4100) Complement
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
doest 6213
{6213} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 8:4

_ _ God’s very “word” is “power.” So the gospel word (Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12).

_ _ who may say, etc. — (Job 9:12; Job 33:13; Isaiah 45:9; Daniel 4:35). Scripture does not ascribe such arbitrary power to earthly kings.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 8:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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1 Kings 2:25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.
1 Kings 2:29-34 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, [he is] by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. ... So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
1 Kings 2:46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
Proverbs 19:12 The king's wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favour [is] as dew upon the grass.
Proverbs 20:2 The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion: [whoso] provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own soul.
Proverbs 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom [there is] no rising up.
Daniel 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; [well]: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who [is] that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Luke 12:4-5 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. ... But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Romans 13:1-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. ... For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.


Job 33:12-13 Behold, [in] this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. ... Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.
Job 34:18-19 [Is it fit] to say to a king, [Thou art] wicked? [and] to princes, [Ye are] ungodly? ... [How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands.
Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?
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1K 2:25, 29, 46. Jb 33:12; 34:18. Pv 19:12; 20:2; 30:31. Dn 3:15. Lk 12:4. Ro 9:20; 13:1.

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