In this section, the Teacher continues with his elaboration of life’s uncertainties under the sun. Here, it would appear that he is talking about those who rule the nation; not all rulers are wise! The first verse in the text sets this out, and the (new) NIV gives us a bit of confusion right off the bat:
Woe to the land whose king was a servant[a]
and whose princes feast in the morning. (10:16)
To be fair, I left the footnote in place; it says “or king is a child”. The Hebrew word in question is na’ar which can be rendered as a boy, a lad or a servant.[link]
- The Life Project. 2016. We Do Not Know What Evil may Befall Us | The Life Project. [ONLINE] Available at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/we-do-not-know-what-evil-may-befall-us-2/. [Accessed 03 November 2016].