Proverbs 29:21

21 A servant pampered from youth will turn out to be insolent.

Read Proverbs 29:21 Using Other Translations

He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir.
A servant pampered from childhood will become a rebel.

What does Proverbs 29:21 mean?

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

He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child
In a very tender and affluent way uses him with great familiarity; makes him sit at table, with him, feeds him with dainties, and clothes him in the most handsome manner, as if he was one of his own children: shall have him become [his] son at the length:
he will expect to be used as a son; he will not care to do any servile work, or anything, especially that is hard and laborious; he will be for supplanting the son and heir, and think to inherit all himself; or, however, become proud, haughty, and saucy. Jarchi interprets this of the evil imagination, or the corruption of nature, which is in a man from a child; which, if cherished and not subdued, wilt in the issue rule over a man: and some apply it to the body; which, if delicately pampered, and not kept under, will be master of the soul, instead of servant to it, and its members be instruments of unrighteousness.

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