Ecclesiastes 5:9 {8}
Good News Translation
Even a king depends on the harvest.

Contemporary English Version
And since the king is the highest official, he benefits most from the taxes paid on the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Moreover there is the king that reigneth over all the land subject to him.

New American Bible
But profitable for a land in such circumstances is a king concerned about cultivation.

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Moreover there is the king that reigneth over all the land subject to him.

the profit

Genesis 1:29,30 And God said: Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have in themselves seed of their own kind, to be your meat: . . .

Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee, that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work: with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. . . .

Psalm 104:14,15 Bringing forth grass for cattle, and herb for the service of men. That thou mayst bring bread out of the earth: . . .

Psalm 115:16 The heaven of heaven is the Lord's: but the earth he has given to the children of men.

Proverbs 13:23 Much food is in the tillage of fathers: but for others it is gathered without judgment.

Proverbs 27:23-27 Be diligent to know the countenance of thy cattle, and consider thy own flocks: . . .

Proverbs 28:19 He that tilleth his ground, shall be filled with bread: but he that followeth idleness, shall be filled with poverty.

Jeremiah 40:10-12 Behold I dwell in Masphath, that I may answer the commandment of the Chaldeans that are sent to us: but as for you, gather ye the vintage, and the harvest, and the oil, and lay it up in your vessels, and abide in your cities which you hold. . . .

the king

1 Samuel 8:12-17 And he will appoint of them to be his tribunes, and his centurions, and to plough his fields, and to reap his corn, and to make him arms and chariots. . . .

1 Kings 4:7-23 And Solomon had twelve governors over all Israel, who provided victuals for the king and for his house hold: for every one provided necessaries, each man his month in the year. . . .

1 Chronicles 27:26-31 And over the tillage, and the husbandmen, who tilled the ground, was Ezri the son of Chelub: . . .

Context
The Futility of Wealth
8If thou shalt see the oppressions of the poor, and violent judgments, and justice perverted in the province, wonder not at this matter: for he that is high hath another higher, and there are others still higher than these: 9Moreover there is the king that reigneth over all the land subject to him.10A covetous man shall not be satisfied with money: and he that loveth riches shall reap no fruit from them: so this also is vanity.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 5:8
If thou shalt see the oppressions of the poor, and violent judgments, and justice perverted in the province, wonder not at this matter: for he that is high hath another higher, and there are others still higher than these:

Ecclesiastes 5:10
A covetous man shall not be satisfied with money: and he that loveth riches shall reap no fruit from them: so this also is vanity.

Additional Translations
The produce of the earth is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

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

Also the abundance of the earth is for every one: the king is dependent on the tilled field.

Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king [himself] is dependent upon the field.

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

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

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

And the abundance of a land is for all. A king for a field is served.
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