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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Ecclesiastes 10:20


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    King James Bible - Ecclesiastes 10:20

    Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

    World English Bible

    Don't curse the king, no, not in your thoughts; and don't curse the
    rich in your bedroom: for a bird of the sky may carry your voice, and that which has wings may tell the matter.

    Douay-Rheims - Ecclesiastes 10:20

    Detract not the king, no not in thy thought; and speak not evil of the
    rich man in thy private chamber: because even the birds of the air will carry thy voice, and he that hath wings will tell what thou hast said.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the
    rich in thy bed-chamber: for a bird of the air will carry the voice, and that which hath wings will tell the matter.

    Original Hebrew

    גם
    1571 במדעך 4093 מלך 4428 אל 408 תקלל 7043 ובחדרי 2315 משׁכבך 4904 אל 408 תקלל 7043 עשׁיר 6223 כי 3588 עוף 5775 השׁמים 8064 יוליך 1980 את 853 הקול 6963 ובעל 1167 הכנפים 3671 יגיד 5046 דבר׃ 1697

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (20) -
    Ex 22:28 Isa 8:21 Ac 23:5

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 10:20

    Ni aun en tu pensamiento maldigas al rey, ni en los secretos de tu cámara maldigas al rico; porque las aves del cielo llevarán la voz, y las que tienen alas harán saber la palabra.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Ecclesiastes 10:20

    Verse 20.
    Curse not the king - Do not permit thyself even to think evil of the king; lest thy tongue at some time give vent to thy thoughts, and so thou be chargeable with treason.

    For a bird of the air shall carry the voice - Does he refer here to such fowls as the carrier pigeon, which were often used to carry letters under their wings to a great distance, and bring back answers? The Targum turns it curiously: "Do not speak evil of the king in thy conscience, nor in the secret of thy heart, nor in the most hidden place in thy house, curse not a wise man; for Raziel calls daily from heaven upon Mount Horeb, and his voice goes through the whole world; and Elijah, the great priest, goes, flying through the air like a winged eagle, and publishes the words which are spoken in secret by all the inhabitants of the earth." Civil government is so peculiarly of God, that he will have it supported for the benefit of mankind; and those who attempt to disturb it are generally marked by his strong disapprobation. And though there have been multitudes of treasons hatched in the deepest secrecy; yet, through the providence of God, they have been discovered in the most singular manner. This shows God's care for government.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 20. Curse not the king; no, not in thy thought , etc.] Though he is a child, and unskilful in government, gives himself to his passions and pleasures, and neglects the affairs of the kingdom; yet be so far from rebelling against him, and doing him any injury, or speaking ill of him, as not even to wish him any ill; or, within thine own breast, imprecate any evil upon him, but rather pray for him, wish him well, and do everything to promote the welfare of his person and government, and this both for the Lord’s sake, and for conscience’s sake; and therefore curse him not “in thy conscience” f256 , as some render it. Jarchi interprets this of God the King of the world; (see Job 2:9); and Jerom of Christ; who should not be blasphemed, lest the angels, that go about the earth, should carry it to heaven; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber ; subordinate rulers and magistrates, the king’s ministers and counsellors, who are commonly rich; even those luxurious princes, before described, who give up themselves to eating and drinking, and spend the public money in profuse feasts and entertainments: yet a man should be careful how he speaks against them; and not only be cautious of what he says about them, in a vilifying way, in companies and clubs where disaffected persons speak their minds freely; but even in his own house, where his servants may hear him; nay, even in his bedchamber where only his wife and children are; for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter ; an hyperbolical expression; showing that, by some strange and unthought of ways and means, treason, though so very secret, should be brought to the knowledge of the king and his ministers; as if a bird, sitting at the window, or flying by at the same time, should hear and carry it to them: sometimes this is by means of spies and informers, that kings have in all places, to bring them news of the behaviour and sentiments of men, of whom such understand the passage; or by means of such, that bear an ill will to them, or are faithful subjects to the king. With the Persians were certain officers, called the king’s ears, and the emperor’s eyes; by means of whom the king was believed to be a god, since, by the ears and eyes of others, through those spies, he knew all that was done everywhere f257 . Some interpret it of angels, good or bad: Jarchi, of the soul of man, which at last flies to heaven, which he thinks is the bird of the air; and of an angel that is associated to him, his guardian angel; meant, as he supposes, by that which hath wings, or “the master of wings” f258 .

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    To
    preserve a character for wisdom. (Eccl. 10:1-3) Respecting subject and rulers. (Eccl. 10:4-10) Of foolish talk. (Eccl. 10:11-15) Duties of rulers and subjects. (Eccl. 10:16-20)

    Eccl. 10:1-3 Those especially who make a profession of religion, shoul keep from all appearances of evil. A wise man has great advantage ove a fool, who is always at a loss when he has anything to do. Sin is the reproach of sinners, wherever they go, and shows their folly.

    Eccl. 10:4-10 Solomon appears to caution men not to seek redress in hasty manner, nor to yield to pride and revenge. Do not, in a passion quit thy post of duty; wait awhile, and thou wilt find that yieldin pacifies great offences. Men are not preferred according to their merit. And those are often most forward to offer help, who are leas aware of the difficulties, or the consequences. The same remark i applied to the church, or the body of Christ, that all the member should have the same care one for another.

    Eccl. 10:11-15 There is a practice in the East, of charming serpents by music. The babbler's tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison and contradiction only makes it the more violent. We must find the way to keep him gentle. But by rash, unprincipled, or slanderous talk, he brings open or secret vengeance upon himself. Would we duly conside our own ignorance as to future events, it would cut off many idle word which we foolishly multiply. Fools toil a great deal to no purpose They do not understand the plainest things, such as the entrance into great city. But it is the excellency of the way to the heavenly city that it is a high-way, in which the simplest wayfaring men shall no err, Is. 25:8. But sinful folly makes men miss that only way to happiness.

    Eccl. 10:16-20 The happiness of a land depends on the character of it rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, an lovers of pleasure. Slothfulness is of ill consequence both to privat and public affairs. Money, of itself, will neither feed nor clothe though it answers the occasions of this present life, as what is to be had, may generally be had for money. But the soul, as it is no redeemed, so it is not maintained with corruptible things, as silve and gold. God sees what men do, and hears what they say in secret; and when he pleases, brings it to light by strange and unsuspected ways. I there be hazard in secret thoughts and whispers against earthly rulers what must be the peril from every deed, word, or thought of rebellio against the King of kings, and Lord of lords! He seeth in secret. Hi ear is ever open. Sinner! curse not THIS KING in thy inmost thought Your curses cannot affect Him; but his curse, coming down upon you will sink you to the lowest hell __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    גם 1571 במדעך 4093 מלך 4428 אל 408 תקלל 7043 ובחדרי 2315 משׁכבך 4904 אל 408 תקלל 7043 עשׁיר 6223 כי 3588 עוף 5775 השׁמים 8064 יוליך 1980 את 853 הקול 6963 ובעל 1167 הכנפים 3671 יגיד 5046 דבר׃ 1697


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