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Ecclesiastes 5:9

    Ecclesiastes 5:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    It is good generally for a country where the land is worked to have a king.

    Webster's Revision

    Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

    World English Bible

    Moreover the profit of the earth is for all. The king profits from the field.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 5:9

    The profit of the earth is for all - The earth, if properly cultivated, is capable of producing food for every living creature; and without cultivation none has a right to expect bread.

    The king himself is served by the field - Without the field he cannot have supplies for his own house; and, unless agriculture flourish, the necessary expenses of the state cannot be defrayed. Thus, God joins the head and feet together; for while the peasant is protected by the king as executor of the laws, the king himself is dependent on the peasant; as the wealth of the nation is the fruit of the laborer's toil.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 5:9

    The king himself is served by the field - Rather, the king is subject to the field, i. e., is dependent on its cultivation. The higher ranks, if they oppress the lower, lose thereby their own means of subsistence.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 5:9

    5:9 Profit - The fruits of the earth. For all - Necessary and beneficial to all men. The wise man, after some interruption, returns to his former subject, the vanity of riches, one evidence whereof he mentions in this verse , that the poor labourer enjoys the fruits of the earth as well as the greatest monarch. Is served - Is supported by the fruits of the field.