Proverbs 20:28
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New International Version
Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.

New Living Translation
Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love.

English Standard Version
Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.

New American Standard Bible
Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

King James Bible
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king; through loyalty he maintains his throne.

International Standard Version
Gracious love and truth preserve a king; through love his throne is made secure.

NET Bible
Loyal love and truth preserve a king, and his throne is upheld by loyal love.

New Heart English Bible
Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Grace and truth keep the King and his throne is established by grace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mercy and truth protect a king, and with mercy he maintains his throne.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Mercy and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upheld by mercy.

New American Standard 1977
Loyalty and truth preserve the king,
            And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by mercy.

King James 2000 Bible
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

American King James Version
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

American Standard Version
Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upholden by kindness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is strengthened by clemency.

Darby Bible Translation
Mercy and truth preserve the king; and he upholdeth his throne by mercy.

English Revised Version
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

World English Bible
Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.

Young's Literal Translation
Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne.
(28) Mercy and truth preserve the king.--See above on Proverbs 3:3. The love and faithfulness he shows to his subjects draw out the same qualities in them, and these are the safeguard of his throne. So (Psalm 130:4) the mercy shown by God inspires man with a reverent fear of Him, while harshness might have made him a slave, or driven him through despair into rebellion. (Comp. Jeremiah 33:9.)

Verse 28. - Mercy and truth preserve the king. (For "mercy and truth," see note on Proverbs 3:3.) The love and faithfulness which the king displays in dealing with his subjects elicits the like virtues in them, and these are the safeguard of his throne. His throne is upholden by mercy; or, love. So the king is well called the father of his people, and in modern times the epithet "gracious" is applied to the sovereign as being the fountain of mercy and condescension. Sallust, 'Jugurtha,' 10, "Non exercitus neque thesauri praesidia regni sunt, verum amici, quos neque armis cogere neque auro parare queas; officio et fide pariuntur." Septuagint, "Mercy (ἐλεημοσύνη) and truth are a guard to a king, and will surround his throne with righteousness." "The subject's love," says our English maxim, "is the king's lifeguard." Mercy and truth preserve the king,.... Which are two good qualifications in a prince; not ruling his subjects with rigour and cruelty, but with tenderness and clemency; easing them as much as he can of burdens and pressures; showing compassion to the distressed, and pardoning delinquents when the case will admit of it; as also being faithful to his word, promises, and engagements; inviolably adhering to the laws and constitution of the nation, and steady in his administrations of justice; these preserve him in the affections of his people, and make him safe and secure on his throne; and because of these the Lord preserves him from his enemies. It maybe rendered, "grace and truth" (l); and applied to Christ, who is full of both, and which are said to preserve him, Psalm 40:11;

and his throne is upholden by mercy; this explains what is meant by the preservation of him, and what is the security of his throne and kingdom, which is clemency and goodness to his subjects.

(l) "gratis et veritas", Cocceius. 28. (Compare Pr 3:3; 16:6, 12).20:23. A bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end. 24. How can we form plans, and conduct business, independently of the Lord? 25. The evasions men often use with their own consciences show how false and deceitful man is. 26. Justice should crush the wicked, and separate them from the virtuous. 27. The rational soul and conscience are as a lamp within us, which should be used in examining our dispositions and motives with the revealed will of God. 28. Mercy and truth are the glories of God's throne. 29. Both young and old have their advantages; and let neither despise or envy the other.
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