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.
Darby Bible Translation
Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king himself is dependent upon 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The king himself is served by the field - Rather, the king is subject to the field, i. e., is dependent on its cultivation. The higher ranks, if they oppress the lower, lose thereby their own means of subsistence.
LibraryThings to be Meditated on as Thou Goest to the Church.
1. That thou art going to the court of the Lord, and to speak with the great God by prayer; and to hear his majesty speak unto thee by his word; and to receive his blessing on thy soul, and thy honest labour, in the six days past. 2. Say with thyself by the way--"As the hart brayeth for the rivers of water, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, even for the living God: When shall I come and appear before the presence of God? For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
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.
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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