Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning!
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George Leo Haydock
When thy. Hebrew literally, "whose "cujus, as ver. 17. (Haydock)
St. Jerome give two senses to this passage, the literal and the mystical, according to his usual custom. The dominion of young men and of luxurious judges is reproved, as well as innovations in matters of religion, Isaias iii. 4. Those are blessed who have Christ for their head, descending from the patriarchs and saints, (over whom sin ruled not, and who of course were free) and from the blessed Virgin , who was "more free. "They have the apostles for princes, who sought not the pleasures of this world, but will be rewarded, in due time, and eat without confusion. (T. 7.) (Worthington)
Child. Minorities often prove dangerous to the state, while regents cannot agree.
Morning, as children eat at all times. This may relate to the ruler who is a child in age, or in knowledge, though it seems rather to refer to his counsellors, Isaias v. 11.