Proverbs 29:12

12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.

Read Proverbs 29:12 Using Other Translations

If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked.

What does Proverbs 29:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 29:12

If a ruler hearken to lies
To men that tell them in order to soothe and flatter him, or to hurt the character and reputation of others, that they may raise their own: rulers should not listen to and encourage such sort of persons; for, as lying lips do not become a prince, so it is not right to have liars about him; David would not suffer such to dwell in his court, ( Psalms 101:7 ) ; all his servants [are] wicked;
or the greatest part of them: for a ruler of such a disposition will take none but such into his service, that flatter him, and calumniate others; and such a conduct, being pleasing and agreeable to him, is a temptation to his ministers to act the same wicked part; as is a prince, such are his courtiers; his example has a great influence upon them.

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