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Proverbs 29:2 ASV
When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh.
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Proverbs 29:2 BBE
When the upright have power, the people are glad; when an evil man is ruler, grief comes on the people.
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Proverbs 29:2 CEB
When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice, but when the wicked dominate, the people moan.
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Proverbs 29:2 CJB
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice; but when the wicked are in power, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 RHE
When just men increase, the people shall rejoice: when the wicked shall bear rule, the people shall mourn.
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Proverbs 29:2 ESV
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 GW
When righteous people increase, the people [of God] rejoice, but when a wicked person rules, everybody groans.
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Proverbs 29:2 GNT
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.
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Proverbs 29:2 HNV
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; But when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 CSB
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 KJV
When the righteous are in authority , the people rejoice : but when the wicked beareth rule , the people mourn .
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Proverbs 29:2 LEB
When the righteous are numerous, the people will rejoice, but when the wicked are ruling, people will groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 NAS
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 NCV
When good people do well, everyone is happy, but when evil people rule, everyone groans.
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Proverbs 29:2 NIRV
When those who do right grow stronger, the people are glad. But when those who do wrong become rulers, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 NIV
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 NKJV
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 NLT
When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 NRS
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 RSV
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 DBY
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
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Proverbs 29:2 MSG
When good people run things, everyone is glad, but when the ruler is bad, everyone groans.
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Proverbs 29:2 WBT
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
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Proverbs 29:2 TMB
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.
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Proverbs 29:2 TNIV
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 WEB
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; But when the wicked rule, the people groan.
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Proverbs 29:2 WYC
The commonality shall be glad in the multiplying of just men; when wicked men have taken princehood, the people shall wail. (The community shall be glad when the righteous rule; but when the wicked rule, then the people shall wail.)
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Proverbs 29:2 YLT
In the multiplying of the righteous the people rejoice, And in the ruling of the wicked the people sigh.
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Proverbs 29 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 29

Verse 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. Verse 2 . The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. Verse 3 . Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. Verse 4 . The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. Verse 5 . Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. Verse 6 . Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. Verse 7 . This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. Verse 8 . The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. Verse 9 . If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. Verse 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. Verse 11 . He is a fool who tells every thing he knows, and can keep no counsel. Verse 12 . One who loves flatterers, and hearkens to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers. Verse 13 . Some are poor, others have a great deal of deceitful riches. They meet in the business of this world; the Lord gives to both the comforts of this life. To some of both sorts he gives his grace. Verse 14 . The rich will look to themselves, but the poor and needy the prince must defend and plead for. Verse 15 . Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the mischief of undue indulgence. Verse 16 . Let not the righteous have their faith and hope shocked by the increase of sin and sinners, but let them wait with patience. Verse 17 . Children must not be suffered to go without rebuke when they do amiss. Verse 18 . How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! and what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing. Verse 19 . Here is an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant; one that serves not from conscience, or love, but from fear. Verse 20 . When a man is self-conceited, rash, and given to wrangling, there is more hope of the ignorant and profligate. Verse 21 . Good usage to a servant does not mean indulgence, which would ruin even a child. The body is a servant to the soul; those that humour it, and are over-tender of it, will find it forget its place. Verse 22 . An angry, passionate disposition makes men provoking to one another, and provoking to God. Verse 23 . Only those who humble themselves shall be exalted and established. Verse 24 . The receiver is as bad as the thief. Verse 25 . Many are ashamed to own Christ now; and he will not own them in the day of judgment. But he that trusts in the Lord will be saved from this snare. Verse 26 . The wisest course is, to look to God, and seek the favour of the Ruler of rulers; for every creature is that to us which God makes it to be. Verse 27 . The just man abhors the sins of the wicked, and shuns their company. Christ exposed the wickedness of men, yet prayed for the wicked when they were crucifying him. Hatred to sin in ourselves and others, is a needful branch of the Christian temper. But all that are unholy, have rooted hatred to godliness.

Proverbs 29 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 29

Proverbs 29:1-27 .

1. hardeneth . . . neck--obstinately refuses counsel ( 2 Kings 17:14 , Nehemiah 9:16 ).
destroyed--literally, "shivered" or "utterly broken to pieces."
without remedy--literally, "without healing" or repairing.

2. (Compare Proverbs 11:10 , 28:28 ).
in authority--(Compare Margin), increased in power.

3. (Compare Proverbs 4:6 Proverbs 4:7 , 10:1 , &c.).

4. by judgment--that is, righteous decisions, opposed to those procured by gifts (compare Proverbs 28:21 ), by which good government is perverted.
land--for nation.

5. (Compare Proverbs 26:28 ).
spreadeth . . . feet--By misleading him as to his real character, the flatterer brings him to evil, prepared by himself or others.

6. In--or, "By"
the transgression--he is brought into difficulty ( Proverbs 12:13 ), but the righteous go on prospering, and so sing or rejoice.

7. considereth--literally, "knows," as Psalms 1:6 .
the cause--that is, in courts of justice (compare Proverbs 29:14 ). The voluntary neglect of it by the wicked ( Proverbs 28:27 ) occasions oppression.

8. Scornful men--those who contemptuously disregard God's law.
bring--(Compare Margin), kindle strife.
turn away wrath--that is, "abate wrath."

9. contendeth--that is, in law.
whether . . . laugh--The fool, whether angry or good-humored, is unsettled; or referring the words to the wise man, the sense is, that all his efforts, severe or gentle, are unavailing to pacify the fool.

10. bloodthirsty--(Compare Margin), murderers ( Psalms 5:6 , 26:9 ).
hate, &c.--( Proverbs 1:11 , Genesis 3:4 ).
seek . . . soul--that is, to preserve it.

11. (Compare Proverbs 12:16 , 16:32 ).
mind--or, "spirit," for anger or any ill passion which the righteous restrain.

12. His servants imitate him.

13. (Compare Proverbs 22:2 ).
deceitful man--literally, "man of vexations," an exactor.
the Lord . . . their eyes--sustains their lives ( 1 Samuel 14:27 , Psalms 13:3 ); that is, both depend on Him, and He will do justice.

14. (Compare Proverbs 20:28 , 25:5 ). Such is the character of the King of kings ( Psalms 72:4 Psalms 72:12 ).

15. (Compare Proverbs 13:24 , 23:13 ).

16. (Compare Proverbs 29:2 Proverbs 29:12 , Psalms 12:1-8 ).
shall see . . . fall--and triumph in it ( Psalms 37:34-38 , Psalms 58:10 Psalms 58:11 ).

17. (Compare Proverbs 29:3 Proverbs 29:15 , Proverbs 19:18 ).
give thee rest--peace and quiet (compare Proverbs 29:9 ).

18. no vision--instruction in God's truth, which was by prophets, through visions ( 1 Samuel 3:1 ).
people perish--(Compare Margin), are deprived of moral restraints.
keepeth the law--has, and observes, instruction ( Proverbs 14:11 Proverbs 14:34 , Psalms 19:11 ).

19. A servant--who lacks good principle.
corrected--or discovered.
will not answer--that is, will not obey.

20. (Compare Proverbs 21:5 ).
hasty in . . . words?--implying self-conceit ( Proverbs 26:12 ).

21. become his son--assume the place and privileges of one.

22. (Compare Proverbs 15:18 ). Such are delighted by discord and violence.

23. (Compare Proverbs 16:18 , 18:12 ).
honour . . . spirit--or, "such shall lay hold on honor" ( Proverbs 11:16 ).

24. hateth . . . soul--(Compare Proverbs 8:36 ).
heareth cursing--( Leviticus 5:1 ), risks the punishment, rather than reveal truth.

25. The fear . . . snare--involves men in difficulty (compare Proverbs 29:6 ).
shall be safe--(Compare Margin; Proverbs 18:10 ).

26. (Compare Margin; Psalms 27:8 ). God alone will and can do exact justice.

27. (Compare Proverbs 3:32 ). On last clause, compare Proverbs 29:16 , Psalms 37:12 .