Proverbs 29:4
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New International Version
By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.

New Living Translation
A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.

English Standard Version
By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down.

New American Standard Bible
The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.

King James Bible
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man who demands "contributions" demolishes it.

International Standard Version
A king brings stability to a land through justice, but a man who takes bribes brings it to ruin.

NET Bible
A king brings stability to a land by justice, but one who exacts tribute tears it down.

New Heart English Bible
The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The king by judgment establishes the land, and the evil one deprives it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
By means of justice, a king builds up a country, but a person who confiscates religious contributions tears it down.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The king by justice establisheth the land; But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

New American Standard 1977
The king gives stability to the land by justice,
            But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The king by judgment establishes the land, but he that receives gifts shall overthrow it.

King James 2000 Bible
The king by justice establishes the land: but he that receives bribes overthrows it.

American King James Version
The king by judgment establishes the land: but he that receives gifts overthrows it.

American Standard Version
The king by justice establisheth the land; But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A just king setteth up the land: a covetous man shall destroy it.

Darby Bible Translation
A king by just judgment establisheth the land; but he that taketh gifts overthroweth it.

English Revised Version
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

Webster's Bible Translation
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

World English Bible
The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.

Young's Literal Translation
A king by judgment establisheth a land, And one receiving gifts throweth it down.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
3A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth. 4The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it. 5A man who flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 9:8
"Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the LORD your God; because your God loved Israel establishing them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness."

Job 11:6
And show you the secrets of wisdom! For sound wisdom has two sides. Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity.

Proverbs 8:15
"By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.

Proverbs 29:14
If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.
Treasury of Scripture

The king by judgment establishes the land: but he that receives gifts overthrows it.

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Proverbs 29:14 The king that faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established …

Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne …

Proverbs 20:8 A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept …

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and …

1 Kings 2:12 Then sat Solomon on the throne of David his father; and his kingdom …

Psalm 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of your throne: mercy and …

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, …

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 49:8 Thus said the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in …

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2 Kings 15:18-20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed …

Jeremiah 22:13-17 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers …

Daniel 11:20 Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory …

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, …

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