Proverbs 29:2

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When the righteous are in authoritie, the people reioyce: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When the upright have power, the people are glad; when an evil man is ruler, grief comes on the people.
- Basic English Bible

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
- Darby Bible

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
- Webster's Bible

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
- World English Bible

In the multiplying of the righteous the people rejoice, And in the ruling of the wicked the people sigh.
- Youngs Literal Bible

When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people sigh.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Proverbs 29

  • Alex
    Proverbs 29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
    This verse is so true only if people would use this today.
  • Lilian
    Whoever a man heareth the word of God He can please God. Only by hearing the words of God faith will come. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word of God. If we have Jesus in our life and obeying his words we have everything we need. Let's give thanks and praise and worship him only this should be our prayers today. Jesus is the only destroyer to the works of the devil who confuse us.
  • Librarygal143
    I put my trust in the Lord that my family situation will soon be brought to a peaceful conclusion. I have so much anxiety over it, and I know it is the evil one throwing it at me every day. I put my trust in the Lord, and know that He will help my family and me. Amen.
  • Norm
    Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not the LORD hath forsaken the earth. Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings: he upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our infamy the transgressings of our education.
  • Norm
    Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not they have ears to hear, and hear not: They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth for they are a rebellious house. He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? And though they say, The LORD liveth surely they swear falsely. And here men that die receive tithes but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
  • Annell
    That's just what I needed to hear. Thank you for reminding me of those great words of wisdom. I need to wear them around my neck every day. God Bless You!

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