Ecclesiastes 10:5
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English Standard Version
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:

King James Bible
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

American Standard Version
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as it were an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were by an error proceeding from the face of the prince:

English Revised Version
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as it were an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

Webster's Bible Translation
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"The words of the wise, heard in quiet, have the superiority above the cry of a ruler among fools." Instead of tovim min, there stands here the simple min, prae, as at Ecclesiastes 5:1, to express the superiority of the one to the other. Hitzig finds in this proverb the meaning that, as that history has shown, the words of the wise, heard with tranquillity, gain the victory over the cry of a ruler over fools. But (1) the contrast of נחת and זעקת require us to attribute the tranquillity to the wise man himself, and not to his hearers; (2) מו בּךּ is not a ruler over fools, by which it would remain questionable whether he himself was not a fool (cf. Job 41:26), but a ruler among fools (cf. 2 Samuel 23:3, מו בּ, "a ruler among men;" and Proverbs 30:30, גּבּ בּ, "the hero among beasts"), i.e., one who among fools takes the place of chief. The words of the poor wise man pass by unheeded, they are not listened to, because he does not possess an imposing splendid outward appearance, in accordance with which the crowd estimate the value of a man's words; the wise man does not seek to gain esteem by means of a pompous violent deportment; his words נשׁ בּ are heard, let themselves be heard, are to be heard (cf. e.g., Sol 2:12) in quiet (Isaiah 30:15); for, trusting to their own inward power of conviction, and committing the result to God, he despises vociferous pomp, and the external force of earthly expedients (cf. Isaiah 42:2; Matthew 12:19); but the words of the wise, which are to be heard in unassuming, passionless quietness, are of more value than the vociferation with which a king among fools, an arch-fool, a non plus ultra among fools, trumpets forth his pretended wisdom and constrains his hearers.

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Ecclesiastes 4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yes...

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Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed...

Cross References
Proverbs 28:12
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.

Ecclesiastes 10:4
If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.

Ecclesiastes 10:6
folly is set in many high places, and the rich sit in a low place.

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