Ecclesiastes 10:16
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New Living Translation
What sorrow for the land ruled by a servant, the land whose leaders 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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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

10:16 A child - Either in age, or childish qualities. Eat - Give up themselves to eating and drinking. Morning - The fittest time for God's service, for the dispatch of weighty affairs, and for sitting in judgment.

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Ecclesiastes
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Proverbs 28:16
A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.

Ecclesiastes 10:15
Fools are so exhausted by a little work that they can't even find their way home.

Isaiah 3:4
I will make boys their leaders, and toddlers their rulers.

Isaiah 3:12
Childish leaders oppress my people, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you; they send you down the wrong road.

Isaiah 5:11
What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk.

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