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But in all, an advantage for a land is this: a king, for the sake of agriculture. Bible

“But in all, an advantage….” After speaking about how corrupt the government can be, one might think that it is better not to have a government. But governments, even though they have some corrupt officials, usually help the people produce. For example, they usually have rules that help the production of agricultural products, and this was especially true of ancient societies before huge farms could be farmed by very few people with powerful tractors. The Hebrew word translated “agriculture” could also be translated as “a cultivated field.”


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 5:9