|New International Version (© 2011)|
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
King James Bible
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
American Standard Version
If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, All his servants are wicked.
Young's Literal Translation
A ruler who is attending to lying words, All his ministers are wicked.
Proverbs 29:12 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If a ruler hearken to lies - Wherever the system of espionage is permitted to prevail, there the system of falsity is established; for he who is capable of being a spy and informer, is not only capable of telling and swearing lies, but also of cutting his king's or even his father's throat. I have seen cases, where the same spy received pay from both parties, and deceived both.
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Proverbs 20:8 A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
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1 Samuel 23:19-23 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood...
2 Samuel 3:7-11 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ishbosheth said to Abner...
2 Samuel 4:5-12 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth...
1 Kings 21:11-13 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them...
2 Kings 10:6,7 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If you be mine, and if you will listen to my voice...
Psalm 52:2-4 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully...
Psalm 101:5-7 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that has an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer...
Proverbs 29:12 Parallel CommentariesAttending Attention Evil-Doers False. Falsehood Gives Hearken Hearkeneth Listens Ministers Officials Pays Ruler Servants Wicked WordsAttending Attention Evil-Doers False. Falsehood Gives Hearken Hearkeneth Listens Ministers Officials Pays Ruler Servants Wicked WordsTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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1 Kings 12:14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
2 Kings 21:9 But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.
Jeremiah 37:2 Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.