New American Standard Bible
In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.
King James Bible
In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
Darby Bible Translation
In the multitude of people is the king's glory; but in the lack of people is the ruin of a prince.
World English Bible
In the multitude of people is the king's glory, but in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.
Young's Literal Translation
In the multitude of a people is the honour of a king, And in lack of people the ruin of a prince.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A protest against the false ideal of national greatness to which Eastern kings, for the most part, have bowed down. Not conquest, or pomp, or gorgeous array, but a happy and numerous people form the true glory of a king. The word translated "prince" is of doubtful meaning; but the translation is supported by the Septuagint, Vulg, and most commentators.
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