Ecclesiastes 10:17
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New International Version
Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.

New Living Translation
Happy is the land whose king is a noble leader and whose leaders feast at the proper time to gain strength for their work, not to get drunk.

English Standard Version
Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

New American Standard Bible
Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.

King James Bible
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles and your princes feast at the proper time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.

International Standard Version
That land is blessed whose king is of noble birth, whose princes feast at the right time, for strength, and not to become drunk.

NET Bible
Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time--with self-control and not in drunkenness.

New Heart English Bible
Blessed are you, land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A country is blessed when the king is from a noble family and when the high officials eat at the right time in order to get strength and not to get drunk.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is a free man, And thy princes eat in due season, In strength, and not in drunkenness!

New American Standard 1977
Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time—for strength, and not for drunkenness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season for strength, and not for drunkenness!

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

American King James Version
Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

American Standard Version
Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the land, whose king is noble, and whose princes eat in due season for refreshment, and not for riotousness.

Darby Bible Translation
Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is a son of nobles, and thy princes eat in [due] season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

English Revised Version
Happy art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

World English Bible
Happy are you, land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

Young's Literal Translation
Happy art thou, O land, When thy king is a son of freemen, And thy princes do eat in due season, For might, and not for drunkenness.
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
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. 18Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:4
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,

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

Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

when

Ecclesiastes 10:6,7 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place…

Proverbs 28:2,3 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof…

Jeremiah 30:21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall …

and thy

Proverbs 31:4,5 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; …

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