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Ecclesiastes 10:16

    Ecclesiastes 10:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Unhappy is the land whose king is a boy, and whose rulers are feasting in the morning.

    Webster's Revision

    Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

    World English Bible

    Woe to you, land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

    Definitions for Ecclesiastes 10:16

    Woe - An expression of grief or indignation.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 10:16

    Wo to thee, O land, when thy king is a child - Minorities are, in general, very prejudicial to a state. Regents either disagree, and foment civil wars; or oppress the people. Various discordant interests are raised up in a state during a minority; and the young king, having been under the tutelage of interested men, acts partially and injuriously to the interests of the people when he comes to the throne; and this produces popular discontent, and a troubled reign.

    Thy princes eat in the morning! - They do nothing in order; turn night into day, and day into night; sleep when they should wake, and wake when they should sleep; attending more to chamberings and banquetings, than to the concerns of the state.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 10:16

    Foolish rulers, by their weakness, self-indulgence and sloth, bring decay upon the state: nobleness and temperance insure prosperity: yet the subject must not rebel in word or thought against his king.

    Ecclesiastes 10:16

    A child - Rather, young. The word is applied to Rehoboam 2 Chronicles 13:7 at the time of his accession to the throne, when he was 41 years old.

    Eat in the morning - A sign of intemperance (compare Isaiah 5:11).