Proverbs 29:4
Verse (Click for Chapter)
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.
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.

king

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 …

he that receiveth gifts

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, …

(4) By judgment.--Upright decisions.

He that receiveth gifts.--To pervert justice (Proverbs 15:27).

Verse 4. - Many of the proverbs in this chapter seem to suit the time of Jeroboam II. (see on Proverbs 28:3). The king by judgment establisheth the land. The king, the fountain of justice, by his equitable government brings his country into a healthy and settled condition (1 Kings 15:4; comp. Ver. 14; Proverbs 16:12; Proverbs 25:5). In the security of the throne the land and people participate. He that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. The expression, אִישׁ תְּרוּמות (ish terumoth), "man of offerings," "man of gifts," is ambiguous: it may mean "the taker of bribes," the unrighteous ruler who sells justice (Proverbs 15:27), or it may signify "the imposer of taxes" (Ezekiel 45:13, etc.) or forced benevolences. Aquila and Theodotion have ἀνὴρ ἀφαιρεμάτων, "man of heave offerings," and Wordsworth regards him as a man who claims and receives gifts, as if he were a deity on earth. Whichever sense we give to the phrase, the contrast lies between the inflexibly upright ruler and the iniquitous or extortionate prince. The Septuagint gives παράνομος, "a transgressor;" Vulgate, vir avarus. The king by judgment establisheth the land,.... By executing, judgment and justice among his subjects, he establishes the laws of the land, and the government of it; he secures its peace and prosperity, and preserves his people in the possession at their properties and privileges; and makes them rich and powerful, and the state stable and flourishing, so that it continues firm to posterity; such a king was Solomon, 2 Chronicles 9:8;

but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it; that, is, a king that does so; Gersom observes that he is not called a king, because such a man is not worthy of the name, who takes gifts and is bribed by them to pervert judgment and justice; whereby the laws of the nation are violated, and the persons and properties of his subjects become the prey of wicked men; and so the state is subverted and falls to ruin: it is in the original text, "a man of oblations" (k); the word is generally used of the sacred oblations or offerings under the law; hence some understand it of a sacrilegious prince who of his own arbitrary power converts sacred things to civil uses. The Targum, Septuagint, Syriac and Arabic versions render it, a wicked and ungodly man; and the Vulgate Latin version, a covetous man; as such a prince must be in whatsoever light he is seen, whether as a perverter of justice through bribes, or as a sacrilegious man; though it may be rendered, "a man of exactions" (l), for it is used of the oblation of a prince which he receives from his people, Ezekiel 45:9; as Aben Ezra observes; and so it may be interpreted of a king that lays heavy taxes upon his people, and thereby brings them to distress and poverty, and the state to ruin.

(k) "vir oblationam", Montanus, Baynus, Grotius, Gejerus, Schultens. (l) "Vir exactionum", Mercerus; "qui levat exactiones", Munster; "qui tributa imponit", so some in Vatablus; "qui tribbuta extorquet", Tigurine version. 4. by judgment—that is, righteous decisions, opposed to those procured by gifts (compare Pr 28:21), by which good government is perverted.

land—for nation.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.
Jump to Previous
Bribes Country Desires Establisheth Exacteth Exacts Full Gifts Gives Greedy Judgment Justice Makes Overthroweth Overthrows Receiveth Receiving Right Ruins Rule Safe Stability Stable Tears Throweth Waste
Jump to Next
Bribes Country Desires Establisheth Exacteth Exacts Full Gifts Gives Greedy Judgment Justice Makes Overthroweth Overthrows Receiveth Receiving Right Ruins Rule Safe Stability Stable Tears Throweth Waste
Links
Proverbs 29:4 NIV
Proverbs 29:4 NLT
Proverbs 29:4 ESV
Proverbs 29:4 NASB
Proverbs 29:4 KJV

Proverbs 29:4 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 29:4 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 29:4 French Bible
Proverbs 29:4 German Bible

Alphabetical: a bribes but By country down for gives greedy is it justice king land man one overthrows stability takes tears The to who

OT Poetry: Proverbs 29:4 The king by justice makes the land (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Proverbs 29:3
Top of Page
Top of Page