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

  • BSP
    Verse 4: There are many rewards from God for the person who is humble and fears him.
  • 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!

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