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

New Living Translation
when they give great authority to foolish people and low positions to people of proven worth.

English Standard Version
folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place.

New American Standard Bible
folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places.

King James Bible
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The fool is appointed to great heights, but the rich remain in lowly positions.

International Standard Version
Foolishness is given great honor, while the prosperous sit in lowly places.

NET Bible
Fools are placed in many positions of authority, while wealthy men sit in lowly positions.

New Heart English Bible
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Foolish people are often given high positions, and rich people are left to fill lower positions.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Folly is set on great heights, And the rich sit in low place.

New American Standard 1977
folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich are seated in a low place.

King James 2000 Bible
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

American King James Version
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

American Standard Version
folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool set in high dignity, and the rich sitting beneath.

Darby Bible Translation
folly is set in great dignities, but the rich sit in a low place.

English Revised Version
folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

World English Bible
Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath set the fool in many high places, And the rich in a low place do sit.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
5There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler-- 6folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places. 7I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.…
Cross References
Esther 3:1
After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him.

Esther 3:5
When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage.

Proverbs 19:10
Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.

Proverbs 28:12
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.

Ecclesiastes 10:5
There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler--
Treasury of Scripture

Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

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Judges 9:14-20 Then said all the trees to the bramble, Come you, and reign over us…

1 Kings 12:13,14 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's …

Esther 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha …

Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Proverbs 28:12,28 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the …

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James 2:3-5 And you have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say …

Verse 6. - Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. This is an instance of the error intimated in the preceding verse. A tyrannical ruler exalts incompetent persons, unworthy favorites, to "great heights" (ἐν ὅψεσι μεγάλοις, Septuagint), as it is literally - puts them into eminent positions. "Folly" is abstract for concrete, "fools." And the rich sit in low place. "The rich" (ushirim) are not simply those who have wealth, however obtained, but men of noble birth; ἀρχαιόπλουτοι, as Plumptre appositely notes, persons of ancestral wealth, who from natural position might be looked upon as rulers of men. Such men would seek eminent stations, not from base motives of gain, but from an honorable ambition, and yet they are often slighted by unworthy princes and kept in low estate (comp. 1 Samuel 2:7, 8; Proverbs 19:10; Ecclus. 11:5, 6). The experience mentioned in this and the following verses could scarcely have been Solomon's, though it has been always common enough in the East, where the most startling changes have been made, the lowest persons have been suddenly raised to eminence, mistresses and favorites loaded with dignities, and oppression of the rich has been systematically pursued. Folly is set in great dignity,.... Or "in great heights" (q); in high places of honour and truest; even foolish and wicked men; men of poor extraction, of low life, and of mean abilities and capacities; and, which is worse, men vile and vicious, as Doeg the Edomite, Haman the Amalekite, and others;

and the rich sit in low places; men not only of fortune and estates, and above doing mean and little actions, and so more fit for such high places; but men rich in wisdom and knowledge, of large capacities and of great endowments of mind, and so abundantly qualified for posts in the administration of government; and, above all, men rich in grace, fearing God, and hating coveteousness, as rulers ought to be, Exodus 18:21; and yet these sometimes are neglected, live in obscurity, who might otherwise be very useful in public life. The Targum interprets this and the following verse of the Israelites in exile and poverty among the Gentiles for their sins; so Jarchi.

(q) , Sept. "in celsitudinibus amplis", Piscator, Amama, Gejerus; "in sublimitatibus amplis", Cocceius; "in altitudinibus magnis", Rambachius; "in great height", Broughton. 6. rich—not in mere wealth, but in wisdom, as the antithesis to "folly" (for "foolish men") shows. So Hebrew, rich, equivalent to "liberal," in a good sense (Isa 32:5). Mordecai and Haman (Es 3:1, 2; 6:6-11).10:4-10 Solomon appears to caution men not to seek redress in a hasty manner, nor to yield to pride and revenge. Do not, in a passion, quit thy post of duty; wait awhile, and thou wilt find that yielding pacifies great offences. Men are not preferred according to their merit. And those are often most forward to offer help, who are least aware of the difficulties, or the consequences. The same remark is applied to the church, or the body of Christ, that all the members should have the same care one for another.
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