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Proverbs 21:29

29 The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.

Read Proverbs 21:29 Using Other Translations

A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways.
The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act.

What does Proverbs 21:29 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 21:29

A wicked man hardeneth his face
Against all corrections and reproofs of parents, masters, ministers, and others; he blushes not at sins committed, and is not ashamed of them, but glories in them: or, he "strengthens with his face" F12; he puts an impudent face upon his words, and confirms them by his impudence; if he tells the most notorious lies, and says things the most shameful and scandalous, his countenance does not alter, by which he would be thought to have spoken what is right and true; but [as for] the upright, he directeth his way;
or "his ways" F13; according to the various reading; the man that is upright in heart, and walks uprightly, he directs his way according to the word of God; and, if he does amiss, when sensible he is ashamed of it, and amends.


F12 (wynpb zeh) "roborat vultu suo", Baynus; "in faciebus suis", Montanus.
F13 (wykrd) (ta odouv autou) , Sept. "vias suas", Baynus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus.
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