16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! 17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! Ecclesiastes 10:16-17
Solomon is concerned about the leadership abilities of kings, rightly so, since he was a king and the wisest person who ever lived.
Solomon says there will be sorrow when a land is ruled by a servant, or an unqualified person. During biblical times the title was passed down through families, not much different than countries that still hold to royalty traditions today. The rulers were not knowledgeable of the tasks and duties set before them. Parties and feasts were held throughout the day instead of ruling the country. Priorities were not right.
He contrasts it with a country that has a noble ruler or one who is qualified to run a country. Someone who will lead with leadership qualities and not just think about partying and having feasts, a king who has the welfare of the country in mind. One who leads with wisdom and knowledge of what is needed in his country.
As I wrote I thought of the countries of the world and the various leaders. No matter which country or state you might live in we are to pray for our leaders.
… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6
Pray without ceasing. 1Thessalonians 5:17
As you meditate on today’s reading, pray for our leaders.
Have a blessed day,