Proverbs 29:25
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

New Living Translation
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.

English Standard Version
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

New American Standard Bible
The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.

King James Bible
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected.

International Standard Version
Fearing any human being is a trap, but confiding in the LORD keeps anyone safe.

NET Bible
The fear of people becomes a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD will be set on high.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil of a man makes him a scandal and he that trusts upon Lord Jehovah will prevail.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person's fear sets a trap [for him], but one who trusts the LORD is safe.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fear of man brings a snare, but whosoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be lifted up.

King James 2000 Bible
The fear of man brings a snare: but whosoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

American King James Version
The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

American Standard Version
The fear of man bringeth a snare; But whoso putteth his trust in Jehovah shall be safe.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that feareth man, shall quickly fall: he that trusteth in the Lord, shall be set on high.

Darby Bible Translation
The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his confidence in Jehovah is protected.

English Revised Version
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but he who putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

World English Bible
The fear of man proves to be a snare, but whoever puts his trust in Yahweh is kept safe.

Young's Literal Translation
Fear of man causeth a snare, And the confident in Jehovah is set on high.
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 25. - The fear of man bringeth a snare. He who, through fear of what man may do to him, think or say of him, does what he knows to be wrong, lets his moral cowardice lead him into sin, leaves duty undone, - such a man gets no real good from his weakness, outrages conscience, displeases God. See our Lord's words (Matthew 10:28; Mark 8:38; and comp. Isaiah 51:12, etc). Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe (Proverbs 18:10). Such trust carries a man safe through all dangers; fearing to offend God, living as always under his eye, he feels Divine protection, and knows that whatever happens is for the best. The LXX. joins this to the preceding verse, thus: "He who shareth with a thief hateth his own soul; and if, when an oath is offered, they who hear it give, no information, they fearing and reverencing men, are overthrown, but he that trusteth in the Lord shall rejoice." They add another rendering of the last verse, "Ungodliness causeth a man to stumble, but he who trusts in the Lord (ἐπὶ τῷ δεσπότῃ 2 Peter 2:1) shall be saved." Δεσπότης is used for Jehovah in the New Testament, e.g., Luke 2:29; Acts 4:24.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The fear of man bringeth a snare,.... Either that which is subjectively in man; not a divine fear, or the fear of God, that grace which is put into the heart, for that leads to no snare, but tends to life; but a human fear, a servile one, a distrust of the power and providence, grace and goodness, of God, which has torment in it; which brings into bondage, and into many distresses and difficulties, and is opposed to trust in the Lord: or objectively, which has man for its object; a fear of losing the favour and friendship of men, of not having honour and applause from them; and a fear of their reproaches and reviling; of the wrath of men, of persecution from them, and of sufferings by them, even death itself; which has been sometimes a snare to ministers of the word, to drop or conceal some truths of it; and to professors of religion, not to embrace, own, and profess them; as many, through fear of the Jews, would not profess Jesus to be the Messiah, though they knew he was, John 7:13; yea, such a fear has been a snare to the best of men, and leads into temptation and sin; as particularly Abraham and Peter, Genesis 12:12;

but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe; that trusts in the Lord as the God of nature and providence, and the God of all grace, for all mercies, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, and leaves himself and case with him; such an one is safe from men, and the fear of them, and from snares and temptations, and sin and mischief, which come by them: or, "shall be lifted up on high" (d); he is upon a high rock, firm and sure; he dwells on high, his place of defence is the munition of rocks; he is in a high tower which is impregnable, in a city of refuge where he is safe; he is as immovable as Mount Zion; he is above the fear of man, or danger from him; he is out of the reach of all his enemies, men or devils; see Proverbs 18:10.

(d) "sublevabitur", V. L. "elevabitur", Pagninus, Montanus; "exaltabitar", Vatablus; "in edito collocatur", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "sublimabitur", Cocceius, Michaelis; "celsa in arce locabitur", Schultens, so Ben Melech.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. The fear … snare—involves men in difficulty (compare Pr 29:6).

shall be safe—(Compare Margin; Pr 18:10).

Proverbs 29:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
24He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He hears the oath but tells nothing. 25The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted. 26Many seek the ruler's favor, But justice for man comes from the LORD.…
Cross References
Luke 12:4
"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

John 12:42
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;

John 12:43
for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Genesis 12:12
When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live.

Genesis 20:2
and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

Genesis 26:7
When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to say, "She is my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."

Deuteronomy 1:17
Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it."

1 Samuel 15:24
Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned. I violated the LORD's command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.

Psalm 91:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 119:117
Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs 28:25
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.

Isaiah 57:11
"Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to me, and have neither remembered me nor taken this to heart? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?
Treasury of Scripture

The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

fear

Genesis 12:11-13 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that …

Genesis 20:2,11 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech …

Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She …

Exodus 32:22-24 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: you know the …

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the …

1 Samuel 27:1,11 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul…

1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to …

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said to him, Know you that the Pharisees …

Matthew 26:69-74 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came to him, saying, …

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know …

John 9:22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for …

John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but …

John 19:12,13 And from thereafter Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried …

Galatians 2:11-13 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, …

2 Timothy 4:16,17 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: …

whoso

Proverbs 16:20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts …

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered …

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot …

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this …

Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, …

Daniel 6:23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they …

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and …

safe

Psalm 69:29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let your salvation, O God, set me up on high.

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: …

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