Ecclesiastes 5:9
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New International Version
The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

New Living Translation
Even the king milks the land for his own profit!

English Standard Version
But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.

New American Standard Bible
After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.

King James Bible
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The profit from the land is taken by all; the king is served by the field.

International Standard Version
Also, the increase of the land belongs to everyone; the king himself is served by his field.

NET Bible
The produce of the land is seized by all of them, even the king is served by the fields.

New Heart English Bible
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all. The king profits from the field.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, a king is an advantage for a country with cultivated fields.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the profit of a land every way is a king that maketh himself servant to the field.

New American Standard 1977
After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there is higher authority in all of the things of the earth, but he who serves the field is king.

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served from the field.

American King James Version
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

American Standard Version
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Moreover there is the king that reigneth over all the land subject to him.

Darby Bible Translation
Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king [himself] is dependent upon the field.

English Revised Version
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

World English Bible
Moreover the profit of the earth is for all. The king profits from the field.

Young's Literal Translation
And the abundance of a land is for all. A king for a field is served.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:9-17 The goodness of Providence is more equally distributed than appears to a careless observer. The king needs the common things of life, and the poor share them; they relish their morsel better than he does his luxuries. There are bodily desires which silver itself will not satisfy, much less will worldly abundance satisfy spiritual desires. The more men have, the better house they must keep, the more servants they must employ, the more guests they must entertain, and the more they will have hanging on them. The sleep of the labourer is sweet, not only because he is tired, but because he has little care to break his sleep. The sleep of the diligent Christian, and his long sleep, are sweet; having spent himself and his time in the service of God, he can cheerfully repose in God as his Rest. But those who have every thing else, often fail to secure a good night's sleep; their abundance breaks their rest. Riches do hurt, and draw away the heart from God and duty. Men do hurt with their riches, not only gratifying their own lusts, but oppressing others, and dealing hardly with them. They will see that they have laboured for the wind, when, at death, they find the profit of their labour is all gone like the wind, they know not whither. How ill the covetous worldling bears the calamities of human life! He does not sorrow to repentance, but is angry at the providence of God, angry at all about him; which doubles his affliction.
Study Bible
Wealth is Meaningless
8If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them. 9After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land. 10He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 5:8
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.

Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
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Proverbs 13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed …

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1 Chronicles 27:26-31 And over them that did the work of the field for tillage of the ground …

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