Proverbs 29:12
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New International Version
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.

New Living Translation
If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked.

English Standard Version
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.

New American Standard Bible
If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked.

King James Bible
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials will be wicked.

International Standard Version
When a ruler is listening to lies, all of his officials tend to become wicked.

NET Bible
If a ruler listens to lies, all his ministers will be wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All the Servants of a Prince that hears a lying word are evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of the ruler who hearkens unto the lying word, all his ministers are evil.

King James 2000 Bible
If a ruler hearkens to lies, all his servants are wicked.

American King James Version
If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

American Standard Version
If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, All his servants are wicked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A prince that gladly heareth lying words, hath all his servants wicked.

Darby Bible Translation
If a ruler hearken to lying words, all his servants are wicked.

English Revised Version
If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, all his servants are wicked.

Webster's Bible Translation
If a ruler hearkeneth to lies, all his servants are wicked.

World English Bible
If a ruler listens to lies, all of his officials are wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
A ruler who is attending to lying words, All his ministers are wicked.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:11. He is a fool who tells every thing he knows, and can keep no counsel. 12. One who loves flatterers, and hearkens to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers. 13. Some are poor, others have a great deal of deceitful riches. They meet in the business of this world; the Lord gives to both the comforts of this life. To some of both sorts he gives his grace. 14. The rich will look to themselves, but the poor and needy the prince must defend and plead for. 15. Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the mischief of undue indulgence. 16. Let not the righteous have their faith and hope shocked by the increase of sin and sinners, but let them wait with patience. 17. Children must not be suffered to go without rebuke when they do amiss. 18. How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! and what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - All his servants are wicked. The ruler is willing to be deceived, and does not care to hear the truth, so his servants flatter and lie to him, and the whole atmosphere is charged with unreality and deceit. Qualis rex, talis grex. Ecclus. 10:2, "As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all that dwell therein." Claudian, 'IV. Cons. Hon.,' 299 -

"Componitur orbis
Regis ad exemplum: nec sic inflectere sensus
Humanos edicta valent, ut vita regentis.
Mobile mutatur semper cum principe vulgus."


"By the king's precedent
The world is ordered; and men's minds are moved
Less by stern edicts than their ruler's life.
The fickle crowd aye by the prince is swayed."
Cicero, 'De Leg.,' 3:13, "Ut enim cupiditatibus principum et vitiis iufici solet tota civitas, sic emendari et corrigi continentia." And ibid., 14, "Quo perniciosius de republica merentur vitiosi principes, quod non solum vitia concipiunt ipsi, sod ea infundunt in civitatem; neque solum obsunt, ipsi quod corrumpuntur, sed etiam quod corrumpunt, plusque exemplo, quam peccato, nocent."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If a ruler hearken to lies,.... To men that tell them in order to soothe and flatter him, or to hurt the character and reputation of others, that they may raise their own: rulers should not listen to and encourage such sort of persons; for, as lying lips do not become a prince, so it is not right to have liars about him; David would not suffer such to dwell in his court, Psalm 101:7;

all his servants are wicked; or the greatest part of them: for a ruler of such a disposition will take none but such into his service, that flatter him, and calumniate others; and such a conduct, being pleasing and agreeable to him, is a temptation to his ministers to act the same wicked part; as is a prince, such are his courtiers; his example has a great influence upon them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. His servants imitate him.

Proverbs 29:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
11A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back. 12If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked. 13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives light to the eyes of both.…
Cross References
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.
Treasury of Scripture

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2 Kings 10:6,7 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If you be …

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 …

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