Ecclesiastes 8:1
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New International Version
Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person's wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.


New American Standard Bible
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.


King James Bible
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.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is like the wise person, and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed.


International Standard Version
Who is really wise? Who knows how to interpret this saying: "A person's wisdom improves his appearance, softening a harsh countenance."


American Standard Version
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 hardness of his face is changed.


Douay-Rheims Bible
The wisdom of a man shineth in his countenance, and the most mighty will change his face.


Darby Bible Translation
Who is as the wise? and who knoweth the explanation of things? A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face is changed.


Young's Literal Translation
Who is as the wise? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? The wisdom of man causeth his face to shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.
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Context
Obey the King

1Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. 2I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. 3Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he does whatever pleases him. 4Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, What do you? 5Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment. 6Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great on him. 7For he knows not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? 8There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has 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. 9All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man rules over another to his own hurt.
Cross References
Romans 13:5
Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.


Exodus 34:29
And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses knew not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.


Exodus 34:30
And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him.


Deuteronomy 28:50
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young:


Proverbs 21:29
A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he directs his way.


Treasury of Scripture

Who is as the wise man? and who knows the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

as the

Ecclesiastes 2:13,14 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness...

1 Corinthians 2:13-16 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches...

who knoweth

Genesis 40:8 And they said to him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said to them...

Genesis 41:15,16,38,39 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of you...

Job 33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness:

Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Daniel 2:28-30,47 But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days...

Daniel 4:18,19 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof...

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

a man's

Exodus 34:29,30 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand...

Proverbs 4:8,9 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you do embrace her...

Proverbs 17:24 Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Proverbs 24:5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength.

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

and the

Deuteronomy 28:50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young:

Acts 4:13,29 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled...

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

boldness

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known...

Strong's Concordance
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.
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