Ecclesiastes 10:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
Folly is appointed to great heights, but the rich sit in lowly positions.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
They honor fools, but dishonor the rich;

Good News Translation
Stupid people are given positions of authority while the rich are ignored.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The fool has been set in very high places, while rich men would sit in a low one.

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—an error that proceeds from the ruler: 6Folly is appointed to great heights, but the rich sit in lowly positions. 7I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.…
Cross References
Esther 3:1
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him to a position above all the princes who were with him.

Esther 3:5
When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or pay him homage, he was filled with rage.

Proverbs 19:10
Luxury is unseemly for a fool--how much worse 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 flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Ecclesiastes 10:5
There is an evil I have seen under the sun--an error that proceeds from the ruler:

Treasury of Scripture

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

folly

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

1 Kings 12:13,14
And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him; …

Esther 3:1
After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.

dignity

James 2:3-5
And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: …







Lexicon
Folly
הַסֶּ֔כֶל (has·se·ḵel)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5529: Silliness, dolts

is appointed
נִתַּ֣ן (nit·tan)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

to great
רַבִּ֑ים (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

heights,
בַּמְּרוֹמִ֖ים (bam·mə·rō·w·mîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4791: Altitude

but the rich
וַעֲשִׁירִ֖ים (wa·‘ă·šî·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6223: Rich

sit
יֵשֵֽׁבוּ׃ (yê·šê·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in lowly positions.
בַּשֵּׁ֥פֶל (baš·šê·p̄el)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8216: Low estate or condition
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. 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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