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as = like.
who . . . ? Supply the Ellipsis ( App-6 ), from the preceding line: "Who [is like him that] knoweth? "
interpretation = understanding.
wisdom. Hebrew. chakmah. See note on Proverbs 8:1 , Proverbs 8:2 .
boldness = sternness.
I counsel thee: or I say, then, in regard of-on account of.
stand not = do not take thy stand. Some codices, with one early printed edition, Syriac, and Vulg, read, "and stand not".
power = might, or control. Hebrew. shilton. Occurs only here and in Ecclesiastes 8:8 .
feel = know.
evil = calamity. Hebrew. ra'a'.
time and judgment = a time, yea, a judgment time. Figure of speech Hendiadys. App-6 .
purpose. See note on Ecclesiastes 3:1 .
there is = there exists. Hebrew. yesh.
therefore the misery = when the evil.
great = heavy.
the spirit. Hebrew. ruach. App-9 . Some render "wind" and refer to Ecclesiastes 11:5 .Proverbs 8:30 , Proverbs 8:4 .
discharge in that war = no furlough in the battle [of life].
wickedness. Hebrew. ra'a'. App-44 . Perhaps here = cunning: no cunning will save the wicked.
those that are given to it = its possessors.
under the sun. See note on Ecclesiastes 1:3 .
there is a time wherein = sometimes.
I saw = I have seen.
the wicked = lawless men (plural) Hebrew. rasha'. App-44 .
come and gone. Supply the complex Figure of speech Ellipsis ( App-6 ), "I have seen wicked men come [to the grave; and righteous men] depart [in death, Genesis 15:2 ] from the place of the holy, and be forgotten", &c.
days. Supply the Ellipsis by "evil-doing".
God . Hebrew. Elohim. (with Art.) = the [true] God: the Deity.
upon the earth. See note on Ecclesiastes 5:2 .
just = righteous.
business = travail.
for also there is, &c. = how that one doth not see sleep with his eyes by day or by night. Figure of speech Catachresis ( App-6 ).
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