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Ecclesiastes 10:5-7


10:5 I have seen another 1  misfortune 2  on the earth: 3 

It is an error a ruler makes. 4 

10:6 Fools 5  are placed in many positions of authority, 6 

while wealthy men sit in lowly positions.

10:7 I have seen slaves 7  on horseback

and princes walking on foot 8  like slaves.

1 tn The term “another” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation to indicate that this is not the first “misfortune” described by the Teacher. See 5:13, 16; 6:1-2.

2 tn Heb “an evil.”

3 tn Heb “under the sun.”

4 tn Heb “like an error that comes forth from the presence of a ruler.”

5 tn Heb “folly.”

6 tn Heb “high places.”

7 tn Or “servants,” so KJV, ASV, NCV, NLT (also in the following line).

8 tn Heb “upon the earth.”

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