Proverbs 21:29
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New International Version
The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.

New Living Translation
The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act.

English Standard Version
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways.

New American Standard Bible
A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.

King James Bible
A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright man considers his way.

International Standard Version
The wicked man puts up a bold appearance, but the upright thinks about what he is doing.

NET Bible
A wicked person shows boldness with his face, but as for the upright, he discerns his ways.

New Heart English Bible
A wicked man hardens his face; but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The face of an evil man is shameless, and he who is upright establishes the ways of his soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person puts up a bold front, but a decent person's way of life is his own security.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he looketh well to his way.

New American Standard 1977
A wicked man shows a bold face,
            But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he orders his ways.

King James 2000 Bible
A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he considers his way.

American King James Version
A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he directs his way.

American Standard Version
A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man impudently hardeneth his face: but he that is righteous, correcteth his way.

Darby Bible Translation
A wicked man hardeneth his face; but as for the upright, he establisheth his way.

English Revised Version
A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he ordereth his ways.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

World English Bible
A wicked man hardens his face; but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.

Young's Literal Translation
A wicked man hath hardened by his face, And the upright -- he prepareth his way.
Study Bible
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
28A false witness will perish, But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever. 29A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure. 30There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.…
Cross References
Psalm 119:5
Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes!

Proverbs 7:13
So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him:

Proverbs 11:5
The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 8:1
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.
Treasury of Scripture

A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he directs his way.

hardeneth

Proverbs 28:14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart …

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Jeremiah 3:2,3 Lift up your eyes to the high places, and see where you have not …

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but …

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Jeremiah 44:16,17 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, …

he directeth

Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked …

Psalm 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet to your testimonies.

Ezekiel 18:28 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions …

Haggai 1:5,7 Now therefore thus said the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways…

Haggai 2:15,18,19 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before …

Luke 15:17,18 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of …

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct …

(29) A wicked man hardeneth his face.--Is insensible to rebuke, and will not confess himself in the wrong, but "the upright directeth his way," as God would have him, or, as the margin implies, "looks well" to it, sees that it is in accordance with His commandments.

Verse 29. - A wicked man hardeneth his face; is shameless (as Proverbs 7:13), and is insensible to rebuke or any soft feeling. This obduracy he shows with his countenance. Septuagint, "An ungodly man shamelessly withstands with his face." But as for the upright, he directeth his way. He gives it the right direction (2 Chronicles 27:6). This is the reading of the Khetib, יָכִין but, though generally adopted by the versions (except the Septuagint), it does not make a suitable antithesis to the rash stubbornness of the wicked. Hence modern commentators prefer the reading of the Keri, יָבִין, "he considereth, proveth," his way; he acts only after due thought, giving proper weight to all circumstance. Septuagint, "But the upright man himself understands (συνιεῖ) his ways." The contrast lies in the audacious self-confidence of the unprincipled man, and the calm circumspection and prudence of the saint. A wicked man hardeneth his face,.... Against all corrections and reproofs of parents, masters, ministers, and others; he blushes not at sins committed, and is not ashamed of them, but glories in them: or, he "strengthens with his face" (l); he puts an impudent face upon his words, and confirms them by his impudence; if he tells the most notorious lies, and says things the most shameful and scandalous, his countenance does not alter, by which he would be thought to have spoken what is right and true;

but as for the upright, he directeth his way; or "his ways" (m); according to the various reading; the man that is upright in heart, and walks uprightly, he directs his way according to the word of God; and, if he does amiss, when sensible he is ashamed of it, and amends.

(l) "roborat vultu suo", Baynus; "in faciebus suis", Montanus. (m) , Sept. "vias suas", Baynus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus. 29. hardeneth his face—is obstinate.

directeth … way—considers it, and acts advisedly.21:9. It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. 13. Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. 14. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? 15. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. 17. A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. 20. The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. 21. True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27. When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. 28. The doom of a false witness is certain. 29. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
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