Proverbs 22:29

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Seest thou a man diligent in his businesse? hee shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before meane men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Have you seen a man who is expert in his business? he will take his place before kings; his place will not be among low persons.
- Basic English Bible

Hast thou seen a man diligent in his work? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before the mean.
- Darby Bible

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
- Webster's Bible

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.
- World English Bible

Hast thou seen a man speedy in his business? Before kings he doth station himself, He stations not himself before obscure men!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 22:29


22:29 Before kings - He is fit to be employed in the affairs of princes.


Discussion for Proverbs 22

  • Humble warrior goddess
    This knowledge is very much needed for me. Makes me think about alot of things. I wish my son could'hve understood the part about keeping guard over the influences we encounter. He is now incarcerated for making a bad decision and before he knew or met certain people, he was a good kid. Praying he doesnt have to do to much time. He's only 21
  • BSP
    Verse 6 shows that parents need to train children with Bible principles.
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:6 TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT 22:15 FOOLISHNESS IS BOUND IN THE HEART OF A CHILD BUT THE ROD OF CORRECTION SHALL DRIVE IT FAR FROM HIM DEUTERONOMY 29:29 THE SECRET THINGS BELONG TO THE LORD OUR GOD BUT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE REVEALED BELONG UNTO US AND TO --- OUR CHILDREN --- FOREVER THAT WE MAY DO ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 22:20 HAVE NOT I WRITTEN TO THEE EXCELLENT THINGS IN COUNSEL AND KNOWLEDGE 22:21 THAT I MIGHT MAKE THEE KNOW THE CERTAINTY OF THE WORDS OF TRUTH --- THAT THOU MIGHTEST ANSWER THE WORDS OF TRUTH --- TO THEM THAT SEND UNTO THEE*****2 THESSALONIANS 2:10 AND WITH ALL DECEIVEABLENESS OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IN THEM THAT PERISH BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED
  • A disciple
    Mimi; This Proverb has to do with keeping guard over what kind of influences we will encounter, so not to let a bad character or behavior rub off on us. This is not really the case when someone is abusive or violent toward us; but for in a social setting, as of among friends and coworkers, etc. If someone is hurting you, you have to get away from that person to a safe place, and get help quickly!
  • Mr. Smith
    Mimi. The verse is saying literally, "don't be like" the angry/furious man or you might learn to be the same way. "Make no friendship with" is saying, "don't show that you approve" of the behavior. You can take authority over the spirit of anger in Jesus name. Also pray in the spirit (Rom 8:26-27). If there is physical abuse, get out and get help. You're not to be a door mat or punching bag.

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