Proverbs 22:28

Saying 5

28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Proverbs 22:28 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
English Standard Version (ESV)
28 Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.
New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
The Message Bible (MSG)
28 Don't stealthily move back the boundary lines staked out long ago by your ancestors.
American Standard Version (ASV)
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, Which thy fathers have set.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
28 Do not move an ancient boundary marker that your ancestors set in place.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
28 Don't move an ancient property line that your fathers set up.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
28 Don't move old boundary stones that your people set up long ago.

Proverbs 22:28 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 22:28

Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set.
] Or, "the ancient border" or "boundary" F14; by which lands, estates, and inheritances, were marked, bounded, and distinguished; set by ancestors in agreement with their neighbours; which to remove was contrary to a law, and a curse is denounced upon those that did it, ( Deuteronomy 19:14 ) ( 27:17 ) ; and was always reckoned a very heinous crime in early times; (See Gill on Job 24:2). This was so sacred a thing among the Romans, that they had a deity which presided over those bounds, and had its name from them. Some apply this, in a political sense, to laws of long standing, and customs of long prescription; and others interpret it, in a theological sense, of doctrines and practices settled by the fathers of the church; which, if understood of Christ and his apostles only, will be allowed; but if of the ancient fathers of the church that followed them, it should not be received; since they were but fallible men, and guilty of many errors and mistakes, both in doctrine and practice.


F14 (Mlwe lwbg) "terminum antiquum", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis, Schultens.

Proverbs 22:28 In-Context

26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 19:14; Proverbs 23:10
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