Ecclesiastes 4:14
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English Standard Version
For he went from prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor.

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

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.

Ecclesiastes 4:14 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"There is one without a second, also son and brother he has not; and there is no end of his labour; his eyes nevertheless are not satisfied with riches: For whom do I labour, then, and deny all good to my soul? Also this is vain, and it is a sore trouble." That ואין, as in Psalm 104:25; Psalm 105:34, has the meaning of בּאין, absque, Nolde has already observed in his Partik.-Concordanz: a solitarius, without one standing by his side, a second standing near him, i.e., without wife and without friend; also, as the words following show, without son and brother. Regarding ואח, for which, with the connect. accus., ואח might be expected (cf. also Ecclesiastes 2:7, וצאן with Mahpach; and, on the other hand, Ecclesiastes 2:23, וכעס with Pashta), vid., under Psalm 55:10. Gam may be interpreted in the sense of "also" as well as of "nevertheless" (Ewald, 354a); the latter is to be preferred, since the endless labour includes in itself a restless striving after an increase of possession. The Kerî<, in an awkward way, changes עיניו into עינו; the taking together the two eyes as one would here be unnatural, since the avaricious man devours gold, silver, and precious things really with both his eyes, and yet, however great be his wealth, still more does he wish to see in his possession; the sing. of the pred. is as at 1 Samuel 4:15; Micah 4:11.

With ulmi ani, Koheleth puts himself in the place of such a friendless, childless man; yet this change of the description into a self-confession may be occasioned by this, that the author in his old age was really thus isolated, and stood alone. Regarding חסּר with the accus. of the person, to whom, and min of the matter, in respect of which there is want, vid., under Psalm 8:6. That the author stands in sympathy with the sorrowful condition here exposed, may also be remarked from the fact that he now proceeds to show the value of companionship and the miseries of isolation:

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Genesis 41:14,33-44 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment...

Job 5:11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

Psalm 113:7,8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill...

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1 Kings 14:26,27 And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all...

2 Kings 23:31-34 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem...

2 Kings 24:1,2,6,12 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years...

2 Kings 25:7,27-30 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass...

Lamentations 4:20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said...

Daniel 4:31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken...

Cross References
Genesis 41:14
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.

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

Ecclesiastes 4:15
I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that youth who was to stand in the king's place.

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