Ecclesiastes 4:14
Contemporary English Version
Even if you were not born into the royal family and have been a prisoner and poor, you can still be king.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because out of prison and chains sometimes a man cometh forth to a kingdom: and another born king is consumed with poverty.

New American Bible
for from a prison house he came forth to reign; despite his kingship he was born poor.

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Because out of prison and chains sometimes a man cometh forth to a kingdom: and another born king is consumed with poverty.

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Genesis 41:14,33-44 Forthwith at the king's command Joseph was brought out of the prison, and they shaved him: and changing his apparel brought him in to him. . . .

Job 5:11 Who setteth up the humble on high, and comforteth with health those that mourn.

Psalm 113:7,8 Raising up the needy from the earth, and lifting up the poor out of the dunghill: . . .

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1 Kings 14:26,27 And he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the king's treasures, and carried all off: as also the shields of gold which Solomon had made: . . .

2 Kings 23:31-34 Joachaz was three and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem: the name of his mother was Amital, the daughter of Jeremias, of Lobna. . . .

2 Kings 24:1,2,6,12 In his days Nabuchodonosor, king of Babylon came up, and Joakim became his servant three years: then again he rebelled against him. . . .

2 Kings 25:7,27-30 And he slew the sons of Sedecias before his face, and he put out his eyes, and bound him with chains, and brought him to Babylon. . . .

Lamentations 4:20 Res. The breath of our mouth, Christ the Lord, is taken in our sins: to whom we said: Under thy shadow we shall live among the Gentiles.

Daniel 4:31 Now at the end of the days, I, Nabuchodonosor, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my sense was restored to me: and I blessed the most High, and I praised and glorified him that liveth for ever: for his power is an everlasting power, and his kingdom is to all generations.

Context
The Futility of Power
13Better is a child that is poor and wise, than a king that is old and foolish, who knoweth not to foresee for hereafter. 14Because out of prison and chains sometimes a man cometh forth to a kingdom: and another born king is consumed with poverty.15I saw all men living, that walk under the sun with the second young man, who shall rise up in his place.…
Cross References
Genesis 41:14
Forthwith at the king's command Joseph was brought out of the prison, and they shaved him: and changing his apparel brought him in to him.

Genesis 41:41
And again Pharao said to Joseph: Behold, I have appointed thee over the whole land of Egypt.

Ecclesiastes 4:15
I saw all men living, that walk under the sun with the second young man, who shall rise up in his place.

Additional Translations
For the youth came from prison to be king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom.For out of prison he comes to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becomes poor.

For out of prison he came forth to be king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

For he shall come forth out of the house of the prisoners to reign, because he also that was in his kingdom has become poor.

For out of the prison-house he came forth to reign, although he was born poor in his kingdom.

For out of prison he came forth to be king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.

For out of prison he came forth to be king; yes, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

For from a house of prisoners he hath come out to reign, for even in his own kingdom he hath been poor.
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