New International Version
The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.
King James Bible
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.
Darby Bible Translation
Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king [himself] is dependent upon the field.
World English Bible
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all. The king profits from the field.
Young's Literal Translation
And the abundance of a land is for all. A king for a field is served.
Ecclesiastes 5:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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'As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.'--ECCLES. v. 15. '... Their works do follow them.'--REV. xiv. 13. It is to be observed that these two sharply contrasted texts do not refer to the same persons. The former is spoken of a rich worldling, the latter of 'the dead who die in the Lord.' The unrelieved gloom of the one is as a dark background against which the triumphant assurance of …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
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