Proverbs 28:14
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New International Version
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

New Living Translation
Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

English Standard Version
Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

New American Standard Bible
How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

King James Bible
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

International Standard Version
Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.

NET Bible
Blessed is the one who is always cautious, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the man that senses awe always, and he that hardens his heart will fall into evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the one who is always fearful [of sin], but whoever is hard-hearted falls into disaster.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed is the man that fears God always, but he that hardens his heart shall fall into evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Happy is the man that is reverent always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into calamity.

American King James Version
Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

American Standard Version
Happy is the man that feareth alway; But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man that is always fearful: but he that is hardened in mind, shall fall into evil.

Darby Bible Translation
Happy is the man that feareth always; but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into evil.

English Revised Version
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Webster's Bible Translation
Happy is the man that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

World English Bible
Blessed is the man who always fears; but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of a man fearing continually, And whoso is hardening his heart falleth into evil.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Happy is the man that feareth alway. Some have taken the fear mentioned to be the fear with which God is to be regarded. Thus Aben Ezra. But it is rather the fear of sin which is meant - that tender conscience and watchful heart which lead a man robe prepared for temptation and able to resist it when it arises. Such a one distrusts himself, takes heed lest he fall (1 Corinthians 10:12), and works out his salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12; comp. Proverbs 14:16). "Grow not thoughtless of retribution" ('Pirke Aboth,' 1:8). A horror of sin cannot be instilled too early into the young. Septuagint, "Happy is the man who piously (δἰ εὐλάβειαν) fears all things." St. Bernard ('In Cant. Serm.,' 54:9)," In veritate didici, nil aeque efficax esse ad gratiam promerendam, retinendam, recuperandam, quam si omni tempore coram Deo inveniaris non altum sapere, sed timere. Time ergo cum arriserit gratia, time cum abierit, time cum denuo revertetur; et hoc est semper pavidum esse." He that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief; or, calamity (Proverbs 17:20). A man hardens his heart who attends not to the voice of conscience, the restraints of religion, the counsel of friends, the warnings of experience (comp. ver. 26; Proverbs 29:1; Exodus 8:15; Psalm 95:8). This man scorns the grace of God, loses his protection, and must come to misery.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Happy is the man that feareth alway,.... Not men, but the Lord; there is a fear and reverence due to men, according to the stations in which they are; but a slavish fear of man, and which deters from the worship of God and obedience to him, is criminal, and brings a snare; and a man, under the influence of it, cannot be happy: nor is a servile fear of God intended, a fear of wrath and damnation, or a distrust of his grace, a continual calling in question his love, and an awful apprehension of his displeasure and vengeance; for in such fear is torment, and with it a man can never be happy; but it is a reverence and godly fear, a filial one, a fear of God and his goodness, which he puts into the hearts of his people; a fear, indeed, of offending him, of sinning against him, by which a man departs from evil, and forsakes it, as well as confesses it; but is what arises from a sense of his goodness: and it is well when such a fear of God is always before the eyes and on the hearts of men; in their closets and families, in their trade and commerce, in all companies into which they come, as, well as in the house of God and the assembly of his saints, where he is to be feared; as also in prosperity and adversity, even throughout the whole course of life, passing the time of their sojourning here in fear: and such a man is happy; the eye of God is on him, his heart is towards him, and he delights it, him; his secret is with him, he sets a guard of angels about him, has laid up goodness for him, and communicates largely to him;

but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief; that hardens his heart from the fear of the Lord; neither confesses his sin, nor forsakes it; bids, as it were, defiance to heaven, strengthens and hardens himself in his wickedness, and by his hard and impenitent heart treasures up to himself wrath against the day of wrath; he falls "into evil" (k), as it may be rendered, into the evil of sin yet more and more, which the hardness of his heart brings him into, and so into the evil of punishment here and hereafter.

(k) "in malum", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. feareth—that is, God, and so repents.

hardeneth his heart—makes himself insensible to sin, and so will not repent (Pr 14:16; 29:1).

Proverbs 28:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
13He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. 14How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. 15Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.…
Cross References
Romans 2:5
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

Psalm 95:8
"Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,

Proverbs 23:17
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
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Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

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Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD …

Psalm 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, …

Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that …

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not …

Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by …

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering …

1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges …

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

Exodus 7:22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's …

Exodus 14:23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the middle of …

Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

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