Proverbs 22:29
Good News Translation
Show me someone who does a good job, and I will show you someone who is better than most and worthy of the company of kings.

Contemporary English Version
If you do your job well, you will work for a ruler and never be a slave.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hast thou seen a man swift in his work? he shall stand before kings, and shall not be before those that are obscure.

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Hast thou seen a man swift in his work? he shall stand before kings, and shall not be before those that are obscure.

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Proverbs 10:4 He that gathereth in the harvest, is a wise son: but he that snorteth in the summer, is the son of confusion.

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the valiant shall bear rule: but that which is slothful shall be under tribute.

1 Kings 11:28 And Jeroboam was a valiant and mighty man: and Solomon seeing him a young man ingenious and industrious, made him chief over the tributes of all the house of Joseph.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand is able to do, do it earnestly: for neither work, nor reason, nor wisdom, nor knowledge shall be in hell, whither thou art hastening.

Matthew 25:21,23 His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. . . .

Romans 12:11 In carefulness not slothful. In spirit fervent. Serving the Lord.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.

Context
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
28Pass not beyond the ancient bounds which thy fathers have set. 29Hast thou seen a man swift in his work? he shall stand before kings, and shall not be before those that are obscure.
Cross References
Genesis 41:46
(Now he was thirty years old when he stood before king Pharao), and he went round all the countries of Egypt.

Genesis 47:6
The land of Egypt is before thee: and make them dwell in the best place, and give them the land of Gessen. And if thou knowest that there are industrious men among them, make them rulers over my cattle.

1 Samuel 16:21
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him exceedingly, and made him his armourbearer.

1 Kings 10:8
Blessed are thy men, and blessed are thy servants, who stand before thee always, and hear thy wisdom.

1 Kings 11:28
And Jeroboam was a valiant and mighty man: and Solomon seeing him a young man ingenious and industrious, made him chief over the tributes of all the house of Joseph.

Proverbs 23:1
When thou shalt sit to eat with a prince, consider diligently what is set before thy face:

Additional Translations
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will be stationed in the presence of kings; he will not stand before obscure men.See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

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

It is fit that an observant man and one diligent in his business should attend on kings, and not attend on slothful men.

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

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

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

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

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