Ecclesiastes 4:14
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New International Version
The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom.

New Living Translation
Such a youth could rise from poverty and succeed. He might even become king, though he has been in prison.

English Standard Version
For he went from prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor.

New American Standard Bible
For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom.

King James Bible
For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he came from prison to be king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom.

International Standard Version
The former can come out of prison to reign, while the latter, even if born to kingship, may become poor.

NET Bible
For he came out of prison to become king, even though he had been born poor in what would become his kingdom.

New Heart English Bible
For out of prison he came forth to be king; yes, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A young man came out of prison to rule as king, even though he had been born in poverty in that same kingdom.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For out of prison he came forth to be king; although in his kingdom he was born poor.

New American Standard 1977
For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he came out of prison to reign, even though he was born poor into his kingdom.

King James 2000 Bible
For out of prison he comes to reign; yet he that is born in his kingdom might become poor.

American King James Version
For out of prison he comes to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becomes poor.

American Standard Version
For out of prison he came forth to be king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because out of prison and chains sometimes a man cometh forth to a kingdom: and another born king is consumed with poverty.

Darby Bible Translation
For out of the prison-house he came forth to reign, although he was born poor in his kingdom.

English Revised Version
For out of prison he came forth to be king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

Webster's Bible Translation
For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.

World English Bible
For out of prison he came forth to be king; yes, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

Young's Literal Translation
For from a house of prisoners he hath come out to reign, for even in his own kingdom he hath been poor.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:13-16 People are never long easy and satisfied; they are fond of changes. This is no new thing. Princes see themselves slighted by those they have studied to oblige; this is vanity and vexation of spirit. But the willing servants of the Lord Jesus, our King, rejoice in him alone, and they will love Him more and more to all eternity.
Study Bible
The Futility of Power
13A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction. 14For he has come out of prison to become king, even though he was born poor in his kingdom. 15I have seen all the living under the sun throng to the side of the second lad who replaces him.…
Cross References
Genesis 41:14
Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:41
Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."

Ecclesiastes 4:15
I have seen all the living under the sun throng to the side of the second lad who replaces him.
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