Ecclesiastes 10:16
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Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.

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

Darby Bible Translation
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!

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a youth, And thy princes do eat in the morning.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


2 Chronicles 13:7 And there are gathered to him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon...

2 Chronicles 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:

2 Chronicles 36:2,5,9,11 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem...

Isaiah 3:4,5,12 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them...


Proverbs 20:1,2 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise...

Isaiah 5:11,12 Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!...

Isaiah 28:7,8 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way...

Hosea 7:5-7 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners...

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Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus said the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor...

The Way to the City
'The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.'--ECCLES. x. 15. On the surface this seems to be merely a piece of homely, practical sagacity, conjoined with one of the bitter things which Ecclesiastes is fond of saying about those whom he calls 'fools.' It seems to repeat, under another metaphor, the same idea which has been presented in a previous verse, where we read: 'If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
In this my relation of the merciful working of God upon my soul, it will not be amiss, if in the first place, I do in a few words give you a hint of my pedigree, and manner of bringing up; that thereby the goodness and bounty of God towards me, may be the more advanced and magnified before the sons of men. 2. For my descent then, it was, as is well known by many, of a low and inconsiderable generation; my father's house being of that rank that is meanest, and most despised of all the families in
John Bunyan—Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

Cross References
Proverbs 28:16
A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.

Ecclesiastes 10:15
The toil of fools wearies them; they do not know the way to town.

Isaiah 3:4
"I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them."

Isaiah 3:12
Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.

Isaiah 5:11
Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.

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