Proverbs 28:16

“The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The prince that wanteth vnderstanding, is also a great oppressour: but he that hateth couetousnesse, shall prolong his dayes.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding, {But} he who hates unjust gain will prolong {his} days.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The prince that lacketh understanding is also a great oppressor; `But' he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The prince who has no sense is a cruel ruler; but he who has no desire to get profit for himself will have long life.
- Basic English Bible

The prince void of intelligence is also a great oppressor: he that hateth covetousness shall prolong [his] days.
- Darby Bible

The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
- Webster's Bible

A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment. One who hates ill-gotten gain will have long days.
- World English Bible

A leader lacking understanding multiplieth oppressions, Whoso is hating dishonest gain prolongeth days.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The prince that lacketh understanding is also a great oppressor; but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 28:16


28:16 Oppressor - The tyranny of a prince, is a manifest sign of folly. Prolong - By God's favour, the peace and satisfaction of his own mind, and the hearty love of his people.


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