Proverbs 29:2
New International Version
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

New Living Translation
When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

English Standard Version
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Berean Study Bible
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

New American Standard Bible
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.

King James Bible
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Christian Standard Bible
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.

Contemporary English Version
When justice rules a nation, everyone is glad; when injustice rules, everyone groans.

Good News Translation
Show me a righteous ruler and I will show you a happy people. Show me a wicked ruler and I will show you a miserable people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.

International Standard Version
As the righteous grow powerful, people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, people groan.

NET Bible
When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

New Heart English Bible
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By the multitude of the righteous, the people increase, and by the authority of the evil, the people will groan.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When righteous people increase, the people [of God] rejoice, but when a wicked person rules, everybody groans.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when the wicked beareth rule, the people sigh.

New American Standard 1977
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.

King James 2000 Bible
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.

American King James Version
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.

American Standard Version
When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
When the righteous are praised, the people will rejoice: but when the ungodly rule, men mourn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When just men increase, the people shall rejoice: when the wicked shall bear rule, the people shall mourn.

Darby Bible Translation
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

English Revised Version
When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice: but when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh.

Webster's Bible Translation
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

World English Bible
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Young's Literal Translation
In the multiplying of the righteous the people rejoice, And in the ruling of the wicked the people sigh.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
1A man who remains stiff-necked after much reproof will suddenly be shattered beyond recovery. 2When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. 3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.…
Cross References
Esther 8:15
Mordecai went out from the presence of the king arrayed in royal purple and white, with a large gold crown and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.

Job 34:30
that godless men should not rule or lay snares for the people.

Proverbs 11:10
When the righteous thrive, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

Proverbs 28:12
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

Proverbs 28:15
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

Ecclesiastes 10:6
Folly is appointed to great heights, but the rich sit in lowly positions.

Treasury of Scripture

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.

the righteous

Proverbs 11:10
When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

Proverbs 28:12,28
When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden…

Esther 8:15
And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

in authority or when the wicked

Proverbs 3:15
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Ecclesiastes 10:5
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:

Matthew 2:3,16
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him…







Lexicon
When the righteous
צַ֭דִּיקִים (ṣad·dî·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

flourish,
בִּרְב֣וֹת (bir·ḇō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

the people
הָעָ֑ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

rejoice,
יִשְׂמַ֣ח (yiś·maḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8055: To brighten up, be, blithe, gleesome

but when the wicked
רָ֝שָׁ֗ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

rule,
וּבִמְשֹׁ֥ל (ū·ḇim·šōl)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 4910: To rule, have dominion, reign

the people
עָֽם׃ (‘ām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

groan.
יֵאָ֥נַֽח (yê·’ā·naḥ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 584: To sigh, groan
Verse 2. - When the righteous are in authority; rather, as in Proverbs 28:28, when the righteous are increased; Vulgate, in multiplicatione justorum. When sinners are put away, and the righteous are in the majority. Septuagint, "when the just are commended." When good men give the tone to society and conduct all affairs according to their own high standard, the peoople rejoice; there is general happiness; prosperity abounds, and voices ring cheerfully (Proverbs 11:10; Proverbs 28:12). When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn; they suffer violence and injustice, and have bitter cause for complaint and lamentation. This proverb is not applicable to the age of Solomon. 29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
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