New International Version
a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
King James Bible
For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
Darby Bible Translation
Under a servant when he reigneth, and a churl when he is filled with meat;
World English Bible
For a servant when he is king; a fool when he is filled with food;
Young's Literal Translation
For a servant when he reigneth, And a fool when he is satisfied with bread,
Proverbs 30:22 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear - This is another enigma. Four things insupportable to men. 1. A slave, when he becomes ruler. 2. An overfed fool. 3. An ill-tempered woman, when mistress of a family. And, 4. A servant maid, when the rule of the house is committed to her.
1. A slave, when he comes to bear rule, is an unprincipled tyrant. It has been often observed both in America and in the West Indies, when it was judged necessary to arm some of the most confidential slaves, that no regiments were used so cruelly in the drill, etc., as those black regiments that had black officers.
2. The overfed fool. The intellectually weak man, who has every thing at his command, has generally manners which none can bear; and, if a favourite with his master, he is insupportable to all others.
3. An ill-tempered woman, when she gets embarrassed with domestic cares, is beyond bearing.
4. A servant maid, when, either through the death of the mistress, or the sin of the husband, she is in fact exalted to be head over the family, is so insolent and impudent, as to be hateful to every one, and execrated by all.
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LibraryA Homily for Humble Folks
A Sermon (No. 2140) delivered on Lord's Day, April 27th, 1890 by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man."--Proverbs 30:2. Sometimes it is necessary for a speaker to refer to himself, and he may feel it needful to do so in a way peculiar to the occasion. When Elihu addressed himself to Job and the three wise men, he commended himself to them saying, "I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
The Tenth Commandment
A Book for Boys and Girls Or, Temporal Things Spritualized.
Thoughts Upon Worldly Riches. Sect. I.
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury-- how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.
I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.
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