Proverbs 24:21

Saying 30

21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,

Proverbs 24:21 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
English Standard Version (ESV)
21 My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,
New Living Translation (NLT)
21 My child, fear the LORD and the king. Don’t associate with rebels,
The Message Bible (MSG)
21 Fear God, dear child - respect your leaders; don't be defiant or mutinous.
American Standard Version (ASV)
21 My son, fear thou Jehovah and the king; [And] company not with them that are given to change:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
21 Fear the LORD, my son. Fear the king as well. Do not associate with those who always insist upon change,
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
21 My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king, and don't associate with rebels,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
21 My son, have respect for the LORD and the king. Don't join those who disobey them.

Proverbs 24:21 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 24:21

My son, fear thou the Lord, and the king
First the Lord, and then the king; and such as fear the Lord are generally loyal to their king; the fear of God includes love to him, reverence of him, faith in him, submission to him, and the whole worship of him, inward and outward, attended with holiness of life and conversation: and the king, who is under God, is to be feared also, with a fear suitable to him; he is to be loved and reverenced, to be trusted in and submitted to, in everything consistent with the fear of God and obedience to him; in whatever is not contrary to his laws, commands, and ordinances; see ( 1 Peter 2:13-17 ) ; [and] meddle not with them that are given to change;
in political things; that are for new laws, new forms of government, a new ministry, and a new king; never easy with the government under which they are, but are continually entering into plots, conspiracies, and rebellions, who, instead of fearing God and the king, change the laws and commandments of God and the king, and therefore to be shunned. Some render it, "with rebels"; the Targum and Syriac version, "with fools"; as all such persons are, and should be avoided as scandalous and dangerous: mix not with them, as the word F19 signifies; keep no company, and have no conversation with them, lest you be brought into danger and mischief by them. Or who are given to change in religious things; make innovations in doctrine and practice, always love to hear or say some now thing; turn with every wind, and shift as that does; are tossed about with every wind of doctrine, fickle and inconstant, carried about like meteors in the air, with "divers and strange doctrines"; such as disagree with the perfections of God, the doctrines of Christ and his apostles, the Scriptures of truth, the analogy of faith, anti form of sound words; and so the word here used signifies "divers", and is so rendered ( Esther 3:8 ) ; and may design such who hold doctrines and give into practices divers and different from the faith once delivered to the saints, and from the institutions and appointments of Christ; innovations in doctrine and worship ought not to be admitted of; and such who are for introducing them should not be meddled or mixed with; they should not be countenanced and encouraged; they should not be attended upon or given heed unto; have no fellowship, and join not in communion with them. This is interpreted by some of such who repeat F20 their sins after repentance, or who return a second time to their wickedness after they have repented, as Ben Melech observes.


F19 (brett la) "ne misceas te", Pagninus, Montanus; "ne commisceto te", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, so Michaelis, Schultens.
F20 (Mynwv Me) "cum iterantibus", Pagninus, Montanus; "sub iniquitates suas"; so some in Vatablus, Baynus.

Proverbs 24:21 In-Context

19 Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:

Cross References 1

  • 1. Romans 13:1-5; 1 Peter 2:17
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