Proverbs 28:14
New International Version
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.

New Living Translation
Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

English Standard Version
Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Berean Study Bible
Blessed is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

New American Standard Bible
How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

King James Bible
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Christian Standard Bible
Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD blesses everyone who is afraid to do evil, but if you are cruel, you will end up in trouble.

Good News Translation
Always obey the LORD and you will be happy. If you are stubborn, you will be ruined.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

International Standard Version
Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.

NET Bible
Blessed is the one who is always cautious, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into evil.

New Heart English Bible
Blessed is the man who is always reverent; but the one who hardens his heart will fall into evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the man that senses awe always, and he that hardens his heart will fall into evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the one who is always fearful [of sin], but whoever is hard-hearted falls into disaster.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Happy is the man that feareth alway; But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into evil.

New American Standard 1977
How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed is the man that fears God always, but he that hardens his heart shall fall into evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Happy is the man that is reverent always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into calamity.

American King James Version
Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

American Standard Version
Happy is the man that feareth alway; But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Blessed is the man who religiously fears always: but the hard of heart shall fall into mischiefs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man that is always fearful: but he that is hardened in mind, shall fall into evil.

Darby Bible Translation
Happy is the man that feareth always; but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into evil.

English Revised Version
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Webster's Bible Translation
Happy is the man that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

World English Bible
Blessed is the man who always fears; but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of a man fearing continually, And whoso is hardening his heart falleth into evil.
Study Bible
The Boldness of the Righteous
13He who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy. 14Blessed is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. 15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.…
Cross References
Romans 2:5
But because of your hard and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

Psalm 95:8
do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the wilderness,

Proverbs 23:17
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

happy

Proverbs 23:17
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Psalm 2:11
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 16:8
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

but

Proverbs 29:1
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Exodus 7:22
And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.

Exodus 14:23
And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.







Lexicon
Blessed
אַשְׁרֵ֣י (’aš·rê)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 835: Happiness, interjection, how happy!

[is] the man
אָ֭דָם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

who is always
תָּמִ֑יד (tā·mîḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8548: Continuance, constant, ellipt, the regular, sacrifice

reverent,
מְפַחֵ֣ד (mə·p̄a·ḥêḏ)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6342: To dread, be in dread or in awe

but he who hardens
וּמַקְשֶׁ֥ה (ū·maq·šeh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7185: To be hard, severe or fierce

his heart
לִ֝בּ֗וֹ (lib·bōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

falls
יִפּ֥וֹל (yip·pō·wl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

into trouble.
בְּרָעָֽה׃ (bə·rā·‘āh)
Preposition-b | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil
(14) Happy is the man that feareth alway lest he should fall, and so, distrusting himself, seeks heavenly aid (Philippians 2:12).

He that hardeneth his heart.--(Comp. Exodus 8:15, sqq.)

Shall fall into mischief.--As he will have lost the guidance and protection of God.

Verse 14. - Happy is the man that feareth alway. Some have taken the fear mentioned to be the fear with which God is to be regarded. Thus Aben Ezra. But it is rather the fear of sin which is meant - that tender conscience and watchful heart which lead a man robe prepared for temptation and able to resist it when it arises. Such a one distrusts himself, takes heed lest he fall (1 Corinthians 10:12), and works out his salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12; comp. Proverbs 14:16). "Grow not thoughtless of retribution" ('Pirke Aboth,' 1:8). A horror of sin cannot be instilled too early into the young. Septuagint, "Happy is the man who piously (δἰ εὐλάβειαν) fears all things." St. Bernard ('In Cant. Serm.,' 54:9)," In veritate didici, nil aeque efficax esse ad gratiam promerendam, retinendam, recuperandam, quam si omni tempore coram Deo inveniaris non altum sapere, sed timere. Time ergo cum arriserit gratia, time cum abierit, time cum denuo revertetur; et hoc est semper pavidum esse." He that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief; or, calamity (Proverbs 17:20). A man hardens his heart who attends not to the voice of conscience, the restraints of religion, the counsel of friends, the warnings of experience (comp. ver. 26; Proverbs 29:1; Exodus 8:15; Psalm 95:8). This man scorns the grace of God, loses his protection, and must come to misery. 28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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