Proverbs 20:28
New International Version
Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.

New Living Translation
Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love.

English Standard Version
Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.

Berean Study Bible
Loving devotion and faithfulness preserve a king; by these he maintains his throne.

New American Standard Bible
Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

King James Bible
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Christian Standard Bible
Loyalty and faithfulness guard a king; through loyalty he maintains his throne.

Contemporary English Version
Rulers are protected by God's mercy and loyalty, but they must be merciful for their kingdoms to last.

Good News Translation
A king will remain in power as long as his rule is honest, just, and fair.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king; through loyalty he maintains his throne.

International Standard Version
Gracious love and truth preserve a king; through love his throne is made secure.

NET Bible
Loyal love and truth preserve a king, and his throne is upheld by loyal love.

New Heart English Bible
Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Grace and truth keep the King and his throne is established by grace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mercy and truth protect a king, and with mercy he maintains his throne.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Mercy and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upheld by mercy.

New American Standard 1977
Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by mercy.

King James 2000 Bible
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

American King James Version
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

American Standard Version
Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upholden by kindness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Mercy and truth are a guard to a king, and will surround his throne with righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is strengthened by clemency.

Darby Bible Translation
Mercy and truth preserve the king; and he upholdeth his throne by mercy.

English Revised Version
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

World English Bible
Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.

Young's Literal Translation
Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
27The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching out his inmost being. 28Loving devotion and truth preserve a king; by these he maintains his throne. 29The glory of young men is their strength, and gray hair is the splendor of the old.…
Cross References
Psalm 40:11
O LORD, do not withhold Your mercy from me; Your loving devotion and faithfulness will always guard me.

Proverbs 29:14
A king who judges the poor with fairness--his throne will be established forever.

Treasury of Scripture

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

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Proverbs 16:6
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Psalm 61:7
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

Psalm 101:1
A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.

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Proverbs 16:12
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

Proverbs 29:14
The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Psalm 21:7
For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.







Lexicon
Loving devotion
חֶ֣סֶד (ḥe·seḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

and truth
וֶ֭אֱמֶת (we·’ĕ·meṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

preserve
יִצְּרוּ־ (yiṣ·ṣə·rū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5341: To watch, guard, keep

a king;
מֶ֑לֶךְ (me·leḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

by these
בַּחֶ֣סֶד (ba·ḥe·seḏ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

he maintains
וְסָעַ֖ד (wə·sā·‘aḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5582: To support, sustain, stay

his throne.
כִּסְאֽוֹ׃ (kis·’ōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3678: Seat of honor, throne
(28) Mercy and truth preserve the king.--See above on Proverbs 3:3. The love and faithfulness he shows to his subjects draw out the same qualities in them, and these are the safeguard of his throne. So (Psalm 130:4) the mercy shown by God inspires man with a reverent fear of Him, while harshness might have made him a slave, or driven him through despair into rebellion. (Comp. Jeremiah 33:9.)

Verse 28. - Mercy and truth preserve the king. (For "mercy and truth," see note on Proverbs 3:3.) The love and faithfulness which the king displays in dealing with his subjects elicits the like virtues in them, and these are the safeguard of his throne. His throne is upholden by mercy; or, love. So the king is well called the father of his people, and in modern times the epithet "gracious" is applied to the sovereign as being the fountain of mercy and condescension. Sallust, 'Jugurtha,' 10, "Non exercitus neque thesauri praesidia regni sunt, verum amici, quos neque armis cogere neque auro parare queas; officio et fide pariuntur." Septuagint, "Mercy (ἐλεημοσύνη) and truth are a guard to a king, and will surround his throne with righteousness." "The subject's love," says our English maxim, "is the king's lifeguard." 20:23. A bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end. 24. How can we form plans, and conduct business, independently of the Lord? 25. The evasions men often use with their own consciences show how false and deceitful man is. 26. Justice should crush the wicked, and separate them from the virtuous. 27. The rational soul and conscience are as a lamp within us, which should be used in examining our dispositions and motives with the revealed will of God. 28. Mercy and truth are the glories of God's throne. 29. Both young and old have their advantages; and let neither despise or envy the other.
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