Proverbs 14:28 (NKJV) — 28 In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.
The blessing of population. The thing that brings honor to a ruler is how many people willingly serve him. A large or increasing population usually indicates the government is fulfilling some basic responsibilities: the country is not being ravaged by war, massacres, famine, deadly disease, or mass exodus. A decreasing population, however, indicates severe disruptions in society and will likely lead to massive social upheaval. A lack of people can lead to a lack of political, economic, or military strength.