Proverbs 19:10
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New International Version
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!

King James Bible
Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

Darby Bible Translation
Good living beseemeth not a fool; how much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

World English Bible
Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool, much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

Young's Literal Translation
Luxury is not comely for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule among princes.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Delight is not seemly for a fool - תענוג taanug, splendid or luxurious living, rank, equipage, etc. These sit ill on a fool, though he be by birth a lord.

For a servant to have rule over princes - I pity the king who delivers himself into the hands of his own ministers. Such a one loses his character, and cannnot be respected by his subjects, or rather their subjects. But it is still worse when a person of mean extraction is raised to the throne, or to any place of power; he is generally cruel and tyrannical.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 30:21,22 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear...

1 Samuel 25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him...

Esther 3:15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace...

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 22:12-14 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth...

Hosea 7:3-5 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies...

Hosea 9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for you have gone a whoring from your God...

Amos 6:3-6 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near...

Luke 16:19,23 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day...

James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.


2 Samuel 3:24,25,39 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What have you done? behold, Abner came to you; why is it that you have sent him away...

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceeds from the ruler...

Isaiah 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor...

[This chapter is based on 2 Kings 5.] "Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, but he was a leper." Ben-hadad, king of Syria, had defeated the armies of Israel in the battle which resulted in the death of Ahab. Since that time the Syrians had maintained against Israel a constant border warfare, and in one of their raids they had carried away a
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Second Journey through Galilee - the Healing of the Leper.
A DAY and an evening such as of that Sabbath of healing in Capernaum must, with reverence be it written, have been followed by what opens the next section. [2299] To the thoughtful observer there is such unbroken harmony in the Life of Jesus, such accord of the inward and outward, as to carry instinctive conviction of the truth of its record. It was, so to speak, an inward necessity that the God-Man, when brought into contact with disease and misery, whether from physical or supernatural causes,
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

The Knowledge of God
'The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.' I Sam 2:2. Glorious things are spoken of God; he transcends our thoughts, and the praises of angels. God's glory lies chiefly in his attributes, which are the several beams by which the divine nature shines forth. Among other of his orient excellencies, this is not the least, The Lord is a God of knowledge; or as the Hebrew word is, A God of knowledges.' Through the bright mirror of his own essence, he has a full idea and cognisance
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Christian Meekness
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5:5 We are now got to the third step leading in the way to blessedness, Christian meekness. Blessed are the meek'. See how the Spirit of God adorns the hidden man of the heart, with multiplicity of graces! The workmanship of the Holy Ghost is not only curious, but various. It makes the heart meek, pure, peaceable etc. The graces therefore are compared to needlework, which is different and various in its flowers and colours (Psalm 45:14).
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Proverbs 17:7
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

Proverbs 26:1
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.

Proverbs 30:22
a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,

Ecclesiastes 10:6
Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.

Ecclesiastes 10:7
I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.

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