Proverbs 14:35

35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.

Proverbs 14:35 in Other Translations

KJV
35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
ESV
35 A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
NLT
35 A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.
MSG
35 Diligent work gets a warm commendation; shiftless work earns an angry rebuke.
CSB
35 A king favors a wise servant, but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.

Proverbs 14:35 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 14:35

The king's favour [is] toward a wise servant
Who does his prince's business well, committed to him; manages all his affairs wisely and prudently; is diligent and careful to do everything for the king's honour, and the good of his subjects; such an one has a share in royal favour, a place in the affections of his master; and is sure to be promoted to honour by him, and exalted to higher places of trust and profit, as well as to be protected and defended by him: so Christ, the King of kings, shows favour to his wise and faithful servants, ( Luke 12:42-44 ) ; but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame;
who neglects his business, or does it foolishly; in such a manner as his prince is ashamed of him, and which brings shame and disgrace to himself; all which provokes the anger of his master, who discharges him from his service, and this fixes a mark of infamy upon him; see ( Luke 12:45-48 ) .

Proverbs 14:35 In-Context

33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.
35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Esther 8:2; Matthew 24:45-51; Matthew 25:14-30