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Ecclesiastes 5:8–9

The Vanity of Wealth and Honor

zIf you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, ado not be amazed at the matter, bfor the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.7

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Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — The New International Version (NIV)

If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still. The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. Even the king milks the land for his own profit!

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.

Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — New Century Version (NCV)

In some places you will see poor people mistreated. Don’t be surprised when they are not treated fairly or given their rights. One officer is cheated by a higher officer who in turn is cheated by even higher officers. The wealth of the country is divided up among them all. Even the king makes sure he gets his share of the profits.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a province, marvel not at the matter: for one higher than the high regardeth; and there are higher than they. Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter; for a higher than the high is watching, and there are higher than they.

Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king himself is dependent upon the field.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Don’t be surprised if you see poor people being oppressed, denied justice, or denied their rights in any district. One authority is watching over another, and they both have authorities watching over them. Yet, a king is an advantage for a country with cultivated fields.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don’t be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them. The profit from the land is taken by all; the king is served by the field.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and right, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But all things considered, this is an advantage for a land: a king for a plowed field.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Do not be surprised if you see the poor being oppressed with violence

or do not see justice and righteousness in the province.

For one official is watched by a higher official,

and there are even higher officials over them!

The produce of the land is exploited by everyone;

even the king profits from the field of the poor!

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

Suppose you see poor people being mistreated somewhere. And what is being done to them isn’t right or fair. Don’t be surprised by that. One official is watched by a higher one. Others who are even higher are watching both of them. All of them take what the land produces. And the king himself takes his share from the fields.

Ecclesiastes 5:8–9 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

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.

After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.