Proverbs 29:23
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New International Version
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

New Living Translation
Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

English Standard Version
One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

New American Standard Bible
A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

King James Bible
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A person's pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.

International Standard Version
A person's pride will bring about his downfall, but the humble in spirit will gain honor.

NET Bible
A person's pride will bring him low, but one who has a lowly spirit will gain honor.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The pride of a son of man will humiliate him and his humility will increase honor to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person's pride will humiliate him, but a humble spirit gains honor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A man's pride shall bring him low, but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

American King James Version
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

American Standard Version
A man's pride shall bring him low; But he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Humiliation followeth the proud: and glory shall uphold the humble of spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
A man's pride bringeth him low; but the humble in spirit shall obtain honour.

English Revised Version
A man's pride shall bring him low: but he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honour.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

World English Bible
A man's pride brings him low, but one of lowly spirit gains honor.

Young's Literal Translation
The pride of man humbleth him, And humility of spirit upholdeth honour.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:19. Here is an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant; one that serves not from conscience, or love, but from fear. 20. When a man is self-conceited, rash, and given to wrangling, there is more hope of the ignorant and profligate. 21. Good usage to a servant does not mean indulgence, which would ruin even a child. The body is a servant to the soul; those that humour it, and are over-tender of it, will find it forget its place. 22. An angry, passionate disposition makes men provoking to one another, and provoking to God. 23. Only those who humble themselves shall be exalted and established. 24. The receiver is as bad as the thief. 25. Many are ashamed to own Christ now; and he will not own them in the day of judgment. But he that trusts in the Lord will be saved from this snare.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - A man's pride shall bring him low. The same thought is found in Proverbs 15:33; Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 25:6, etc.; Luke 14:11. Honour shall uphold the humble in spirit; better, as the Revised Version, he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honour (comp. Proverbs 11:16; Isaiah 57:15). The humble man does not seek honour, but by his life and action unconsciously attains it (comp. Job 22:29). Septuagint, "Haughtiness brings a man low, but the lowly-minded the Lord upholdeth with glory."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A man's pride shall bring him low,.... As the pride of Adam, in affecting to be as gods, knowing good and evil; he lost the image of God; was brought into a state of darkness and ignorance, into debt and to a dunghill, to beggary and rags; filled with loathsome diseases, and left in thraldom and bondage to sin and Satan; and so all his posterity were brought into the same low estate. This might be exemplified in particular persons, in Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod, and others; and, as will be in that monster of pride, the man of sin and antichrist; who will be humbled and brought low in the midst of his pride and boasting, Revelation 18:7;

but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit; not who are humble in appearance only, or merely in words, having a show of humility, a voluntary and affected one; but really in their hearts; whose spirits are humble and contrite; who are so in spiritual things, and are made so by the Spirit of God: they are such who are truly sensible of sin; of their folly, and want of spiritual knowledge; of their impotence, and weakness to do anything that is spiritually good; of their spiritual poverty, and want of righteousness; who see that salvation is all of grace; and that whatever they have is owing to the grace of God; that they are deficient in all their duties, and these insufficient to justify them before God; who submit to the righteousness of Christ, and give all the glory of salvation to the grace of God. These, as they are honourable, being clothed with humility, which is itself an ornament of great price; so they are honoured with more grace from the Lord; they are beautified with the garments of salvation; they have the honour to have the spiritual and gracious presence of God, and fellowship with him, who dwells with such as are of an humble spirit: these are the meek and lowly, that shall inherit the new earth, and reign as kings with Christ in it; and the poor in spirit, to whom the kingdom of heaven belongs: and this honour is durable, they shall always abide in it; the grace they have, which makes them glorious, springs up unto eternal life; and the glory they shall have is an eternal weight of glory, a crown of glory that fadeth not away: for so the words may be rendered, "the humble in spirit shall lay hold on glory" (z) or "honour"; possess it and enjoy it: or rather "shall retain" (a) it; shall hold it fast, as the word is translated in Proverbs 3:18; The sum of the proverb, in both parts, is the same with the words of Christ, often used by him, Matthew 23:12.

(z) "assequetur gloriam", Montanus; "potietur gloria", Vatablus. (a) "Tenebit honorem", Piscator; "tenebit gloriam", Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis; "apprehendit gloriam", Shultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. (Compare Pr 16:18; 18:12).

honour … spirit—or, "such shall lay hold on honor" (Pr 11:16).

Proverbs 29:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
22An angry man stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression. 23A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor. 24He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing.…
Cross References
Matthew 23:12
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Luke 14:11
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

Luke 18:14
"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

James 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."

James 4:10
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Proverbs 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 15:33
Wisdom's instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:19
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

Proverbs 17:19
Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

Proverbs 18:12
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Isaiah 66:2
Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.

Daniel 4:30
he said, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?"

Daniel 4:31
Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.
Treasury of Scripture

A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

man's

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

2 Chronicles 32:25,26 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done to …

2 Chronicles 33:10-12,23,24 And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not listen…

Job 22:29 When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting up; …

Job 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down …

Isaiah 2:11,12 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men …

Daniel 4:30-37 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

Daniel 5:20,21 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, …

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself …

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than …

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave …

James 4:6-10 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

honour

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.

Deuteronomy 8:2,3,16 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

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

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:4 Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the …

Matthew 23:12 And whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall …

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