Proverbs 11:14
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English Standard Version
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

King James Bible
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.

American Standard Version
Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where there is no governor, the people shall fall: but there is safety where there is much counsel.

English Revised Version
Where no wise guidance is, the people falleth: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Webster's Bible Translation
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,

   And the godless comes in his stead.

The succession of the tenses gives the same meaning as when, periodizing, we say: while the one is delivered, the other, on the contrary, falls before the same danger. נחלץ (vid., under Isaiah 58:11) followed by the historical tense, the expression of the principal fact, is the perfect. The statement here made clothes itself after the manner of a parable in the form of history. It is true there are not wanting experiences of an opposite kind (from that here stated), because divine justice manifests itself in this world only as a prelude, but not perfectly and finally; but the poet considers this, that as a rule destruction falls upon the godless, which the righteous with the help of God escapes; and this he realizes as a moral motive. In itself תּחתּיו may also have only the meaning of the exchange of places, but the lxx translate αντ ̓ αὐτοῦ, and thus in the sense of representation the proverb appears to be understood in connection with Proverbs 21:18 (cf. the prophetico-historical application, Isaiah 43:4). The idea of atonement has, however, no application here, for the essence of atonement consists in the offering up of an innocent one in the room of the guilty, and its force lies in the offering up of self; the meaning is only, that if the divinely-ordained linking together of cause and effect in the realms of nature and of history brings with it evil, this brings to the godless destruction, while it opens the way of deliverance for the righteous, so that the godless becomes for the righteous the כּפר, or, as we might say in a figure of similar import, the lightning conductor.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

Proverbs 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel you shall make your war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

1 Kings 12:1-19 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king...

Isaiah 19:11-14 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say you to Pharaoh...

Acts 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

Cross References
2 Chronicles 22:4
He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing.

Proverbs 15:22
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 20:18
Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.

Proverbs 24:6
for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

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