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

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 29

  • Brianna vs. 25
    The fear of another person can be a trap to individuals. This scripture could benefit children at school. Peer pressure is difficult for many kids, and often leads to problems. This scripture can encourage children to keep the Bible principles they are being taught and not to worry about what others might think. Trust in Jehovah and he will protect you.
  • Bridgette
    29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. The tongue is the deadliest sword. We need Gods guidance when we speak. Lord help me watch when I speak and what I say when I do speak. There are times when we have to be silent and allow God to work it out. There is wisdom in his Word.
  • Israel Ametepey
    Comment* How blessed it is to meditate daily on this scriptures of wisdom. Though it is ancient, it's percepts are still effective in our " civilized " world. Yaweh yesterday, today and forever. AMEN.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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