Proverbs 24:21
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English Standard Version
My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,

King James Bible
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

American Standard Version
My son, fear thou Jehovah and the king; And company not with them that are given to change:

Douay-Rheims Bible
My son, fear the Lord and the king: and have nothing to do with detracters.

English Revised Version
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Proverbs 24:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

15 Lie not in wait, oh wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;

     Assault not his resting-place.

16 For seven times doth the righteous fall and rise again,

     But the wicked are overthrown when calamity falls on them.

The ארב [lying in wait] and שׁדּד [practising violence], against which the warning is here given, are not directed, as at Proverbs 1:11; Proverbs 19:26, immediately against the person, but against the dwelling-place and resting-place (רבץ, e.g., Jeremiah 50:6, as also נוה, 3:33) of the righteous, who, on his part, does injustice and wrong to no one; the warning is against coveting his house, Exodus 20:17, and driving him by cunning and violence out of it. Instead of רשׁע, Symmachus and Jerome have incorrectly read רשׁע daer, and from this misunderstanding have here introduced a sense without sense into Proverbs 24:15; many interpreters (Lwenstein, Ewald, Elster, and Zckler) translate with Luther appositionally: as a wicked man, i.e., "with mischievous intent," like one stealthily lurking for the opportunity of taking possession of the dwelling of another, as if this could be done with a good intent: רשׁע is the vocative (Syr., Targ., Venet.: ἀσεβές), and this address (cf. Psalm 75:5.) sharpens the warning, for it names him who acts in this manner by the right name. The reason, 16a, sounds like an echo of Job 5:19. שׁבע signifies, as at Psalm 119:164, seven times; cf. מאה, Proverbs 17:10. וקם (not וקם) is perf. consec., as וחי, e.g., Genesis 3:22 : and he rises afterwards (notwithstanding), but the transgressors come to ruin; בּרעה, if a misfortune befall them (cf. Proverbs 14:32), they stumble and fall, and rise no more.

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Exodus 14:31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did on the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD...

1 Samuel 24:6 And he said to his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD's anointed...

Ecclesiastes 8:2-5 I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God...

Matthew 22:21 They say to him, Caesar's. Then said he to them, Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar's...

Romans 13:1-7 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God...

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

1 Peter 2:13-17 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme...

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Numbers 16:1-3 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On...

1 Samuel 8:5-7 And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations...

1 Samuel 12:12-19 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, you said to me, No; but a king shall reign over us...

2 Samuel 15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.

1 Kings 12:16 So when all Israel saw that the king listened not to them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David?...

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Cross References
Romans 13:1
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

1 Peter 2:17
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

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