|New International Version (© 2011)|
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
King James Bible
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
American Standard Version
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.
Young's Literal Translation
Hast thou seen a man speedy in his business? Before kings he doth station himself, He stations not himself before obscure men!
Proverbs 22:29 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He shalt not stand before mean men - חשכים chashukkim, dark or obscure persons; men of no repute. Na he schal ben before un-noble men - Old MS. Bible. "Not amonge the symple people." - Coverdale.
The general meaning of the proverb is, "Every diligent, active man, shall be at once independent and respectable."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 10:4 He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
1 Kings 11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious...
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave...
Matthew 25:21,23 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things...
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
he shall stand that is, he shall have the honour or serving kings; as the phrase denotes mean men.
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Genesis 41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
Genesis 47:6 and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock."
1 Samuel 16:21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.
1 Kings 10:8 How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!
1 Kings 11:28 Now Jeroboam was a man of standing, and when Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the tribes of Joseph.
Proverbs 23:1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,