Proverbs 14:28
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English Standard Version
In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined.

King James Bible
In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

American Standard Version
In the multitude of people is the king's glory; But in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the multitude of people is the dignity of the king: and in the small number of people the dishonour of the prince.

English Revised Version
In the multitude of people is the king's glory: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the multitude of people is the king's honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The proverb terminating (Proverbs 14:21) with אשׁריו (cf. Proverbs 16:20) is now followed by one not less singularly formed, commencing with הלא (cf. Proverbs 8:1).

Will they not go astray who devise evil,

And are not mercy and truth to those who devise good?

The part. חרשׁ signifies both the plougher and the artisan; but on this account to read with Hitzig both times חרשׁי, i.e., machinatores, is nothing less than advisable, since there is connected with this metaphorical חרשׁ, as we have shown at Proverbs 3:29, not only the idea of fabricating, but also that of ploughing. Just so little is there any reason for changing with Hitzig, against all old translators, יתעוּ into ירעוּ: will it not go ill with them...; the fut. יתעו (cf. Isaiah 63:17) is not to be touched; the perf. תעו (e.g., Psalm 58:4) would denote that those who contrive evil are in the way of error, the fut. on the contrary that they will fall into error (cf. Proverbs 12:26 with Job 12:24). But if הלא יתעו is the expression of the result which shall certainly come to such, then 22b stands as a contrast adapted thereto: and are not, on the contrary, mercy and truth those who contrive that which is good, i.e., (for that which befalls them, as Proverbs 13:18, cf. Proverbs 14:35, is made their attribute) are they not an object of mercy and truth, viz., on the part of God and of men, for the effort which proceeds from love and is directed to the showing forth of good is rewarded by this, that God and men are merciful to such and maintain truth to them, stand in truth to them; for חסד ואמת is to be understood here, as at Proverbs 3:3, neither of God nor of men exclusively, but of both together: the wicked who contrive evil lose themselves on the way to destruction, but grace and truth are the lot of those who aim at what is good, guarded and guided by which, they reach by a blessed way a glorious end.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Exodus 1:12,22 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel...

1 Kings 4:20,21 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry...

1 Kings 20:27 And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them...

2 Kings 10:32,33 In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short: and Hazael smote them in all the coasts of Israel...

2 Kings 13:7 Neither did he leave of the people to Jehoahaz but fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen...

Cross References
2 Samuel 19:7
Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go, not a man will stay with you this night, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now."

Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

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