Ecclesiastes 10:5

5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:

Ecclesiastes 10:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:
ESV
5 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:
NLT
5 There is another evil I have seen under the sun. Kings and rulers make a grave mistake
MSG
5 Here's a piece of bad business I've seen on this earth, An error that can be blamed on whoever is in charge:
CSB
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, an error proceeding from the presence of the ruler:

Ecclesiastes 10:5 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 10:5

There is an evil [which] I have seen under the sun
Which Solomon had observed in the course of his life, practised in some kingdoms and by some princes on earth, under the sun; for there is nothing of the like kind, as after mentioned, done in heaven, above the sun; as an error [which] proceedeth from the ruler;
from the supreme ruler of a nation, the king of it; and it is not only as an error, or like one, a seeming one; but it is a real error, bestowing places of honour and profit on undeserving persons: which error proceeds from ignorance of the persons; or from affection to them, and from friendship cultivated with them in the younger time of life, being educated with them; or through the misrepresentation and imposition of those about him, who have ends to serve by their promotion; or through his own lusts and passions, which these men indulge him in. It may be understood of God, the supreme ruler, who suffers such things to be; and which may seem to some an error in providence, though it is not: but the other sense is best.

Ecclesiastes 10:5 In-Context

3 Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.
4 If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler:
6 Fools are put in many high positions, while the rich occupy the low ones.
7 I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.