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Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper 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!
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!
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.
Ecclesiastes 10:17 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When thy king is the son of nobles - uiov eleuyerwn, the son of freemen; persons well acquainted with the principles of civil liberty, and who rule according to them - Septuagint. Such a one as comes to the throne in a legitimate way, from an ancient regal family, whose right to the throne is incontestable. It requires such a long time to establish a regal right, that the state is in continual danger from pretenders and usurpers, where the king is not the son of nobles.
And thy princes eat in due season - All persons in places of trust for the public weal, from the king to the lowest public functionary, should know, that the public are exceedingly scandalized at repeated accounts of entertainments, where irregularity prevails, much money is expended, and no good done. These things are drawn into precedent, and quoted to countenance debauch in the inferior classes. The natural division of the day for necessary repasts is, Breakfast, eight, or half after; Dinner, one, or half after; Supper, eight, or half after. And these, or even earliers hours were formerly observed in these countries. Then we had scarcely any such thing as gout, and no nervous disorders.
In ancient nations the custom was to eat but once, and then about mid-day.
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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 proceed from the middle of them; and I will cause him to draw near...
Proverbs 31:4,5 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink...
Ecclesiastes 10:17 Parallel CommentariesAppropriate Blessed Chiefs Drunkenness Due Eat Feast Feasting Food Free Freemen Happy Nobility Noble Nobles Princes Proper Right Ruler Season Strength TimeAppropriate Blessed Chiefs Drunkenness Due Eat Feast Feasting Food Free Freemen Happy Nobility Noble Nobles Princes Proper Right Ruler Season Strength TimeTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Proverbs 31:4 It is not for kings, Lemuel-- it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
Isaiah 5:11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.