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.

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

New King James Version
Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.

New American Standard Bible
Loyalty and truth watch over the king, And he upholds his throne by loyalty.

NASB 1995
Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

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

Amplified Bible
Loyalty and mercy, truth and faithfulness, protect the king, And he upholds his throne by lovingkindness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Kindness and truth keep a king, And he has supported his throne by kindness.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wine is a Mocker
27The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching out his inmost being. 28Loving devotion and faithfulness 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.









(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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

his throne.
כִּסְאֽוֹ׃ (kis·’ōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3678: Seat of honor, throne


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