Ecclesiastes 10:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.

New Living Translation
What sorrow for the land ruled by a servant, the land whose leaders feast in the morning.

English Standard Version
Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning!

New American Standard Bible
Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad 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!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to you, land, when your king is a youth and your princes feast in the morning.

International Standard Version
Woe to the land whose king is a youth and whose princes feast in the morning.

NET Bible
Woe to you, O land, when your king is childish, and your princes feast in the morning!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for any country where the king used to be a servant and where the high officials throw parties in the morning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a boy, And thy princes feast in the morning!

New American Standard 1977
Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes banquet in the morning!

King James 2000 Bible
Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning!

American King James Version
Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!

American Standard Version
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and when the 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!

English Revised Version
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

Webster's 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:16-20 The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, and lovers of pleasure. Slothfulness is of ill consequence both to private and public affairs. Money, of itself, will neither feed nor clothe, though it answers the occasions of this present life, as what is to be had, may generally be had for money. But the soul, as it is not redeemed, so it is not maintained with corruptible things, as silver and gold. God sees what men do, and hears what they say in secret; and, when he pleases, brings it to light by strange and unsuspected ways. If there be hazard in secret thoughts and whispers against earthly rulers, what must be the peril from every deed, word, or thought of rebellion against the King of kings, and Lord of lords! He seeth in secret. His ear is ever open. Sinner! curse not THIS KING in thy inmost thought. Your curses cannot affect Him; but his curse, coming down upon you, will sink you to the lowest hell.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
15The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city. 16Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning. 17Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.…
Cross References
Proverbs 28:16
A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

Ecclesiastes 10:15
The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.

Isaiah 3:4
And I will make mere lads their princes, And capricious children will rule over them,

Isaiah 3:12
O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths.

Isaiah 5:11
Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
Treasury of Scripture

Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat in the morning!

when

2 Chronicles 13:7 And there are gathered to him vain men, the children of Belial, and …

2 Chronicles 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned …

2 Chronicles 36:2,5,9,11 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and …

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

and

Proverbs 20:1,2 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived …

Isaiah 5:11,12 Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow …

Isaiah 28:7,8 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are …

Hosea 7:5-7 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles …

in the

Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David, thus said the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, …

Jump to Previous
Boy Child Eat Feast Feasting Lad Morning Princes Rulers Servant Unhappy Wo Woe Youth
Jump to Next
Boy Child Eat Feast Feasting Lad Morning Princes Rulers Servant Unhappy Wo Woe Youth
Links
Ecclesiastes 10:16 NIV
Ecclesiastes 10:16 NLT
Ecclesiastes 10:16 ESV
Ecclesiastes 10:16 NASB
Ecclesiastes 10:16 KJV

Ecclesiastes 10:16 Biblia Paralela
Ecclesiastes 10:16 Chinese Bible
Ecclesiastes 10:16 French Bible
Ecclesiastes 10:16 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and feast in is king lad land morning O princes servant the to was whose Woe you

OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 10:16 Woe to you land when your king (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Ecclesiastes 10:15
Top of Page
Top of Page