Proverbs 14:34
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English Standard Version
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

King James Bible
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

American Standard Version
Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable.

English Revised Version
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Webster's Bible Translation
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

28 In the multitude of the people lies the king's honour;

     And when the population diminishes, it is the downfall of his glory.

The honour or the ornament (vid., regarding הדר, tumere, ampliari, the root-word of הדר and הדרה at Isaiah 63:1) of a king consists in this, that he rules over a great people, and that they increase and prosper; on the other hand, it is the ruin of princely greatness when the people decline in number and in wealth. Regarding מחתּה, vid., at Proverbs 10:14. בּאפס signifies prepositionally "without" (properly, by non-existence), e.g., Proverbs 26:20, or adverbially "groundless" (properly, for nothing), Isaiah 52:4; here it is to be understood after its contrast בּרב־: in the non-existence, but which is here equivalent to in the ruin (cf. אפס, the form of which in conjunction is אפס, Genesis 47:15), lies the misfortune, decay, ruin of the princedom. The lxx ἐν δὲ ἐκλείψει λαοῦ συντριβὴ δυνάστου. Certainly רזון (from רזן, Arab. razuna, to be powerful) is to be interpreted personally, whether it be after the form בּגוד with a fixed, or after the form יקושׁ with a changeable Kametz; but it may also be an abstract like שׁלום ( equals Arab. selâm), and this we prefer, because in the personal signification רזן, Proverbs 8:15; Proverbs 31:4, is used. We have not here to think of רזון (from רזה), consumption (the Venet. against Kimchi, πενίας); the choice of the word also is not determined by an intended amphibology (Hitzig), for this would be meaningless.

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righteousness

Deuteronomy 4:6-8 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations...

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 And it shall come to pass, if you shall listen diligently to the voice of the LORD your God...

Judges 2:6-14 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man to his inheritance to possess the land...

Jeremiah 2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said the LORD; I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your espousals...

Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.

but

Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of the LORD your God...

Deuteronomy 29:18-28 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from the LORD our God...

Psalm 107:34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

Ezekiel 16:22,23 And in all your abominations and your prostitutions you have not remembered the days of your youth, when you were naked and bore...

Cross References
Proverbs 14:33
Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

Proverbs 14:35
A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

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