Proverbs 29:25
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English Standard Version
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

King James Bible
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

American Standard Version
The fear of man bringeth a snare; But whoso putteth his trust in Jehovah shall be safe.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that feareth man, shall quickly fall: he that trusteth in the Lord, shall be set on high.

English Revised Version
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but he who putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

From the discipline of the people this series of proverbs again returns to the discipline of home:

19 With words a servant will not let himself be bettered;

     For he understandeth them, but conformeth not thereto.

The Niph. נוסר becomes a so-called tolerative, for it connects with the idea of happening that of reaching its object: to become truly bettered (taught in wisdom, corrected), and thus to let himself be bettered. With mere words this is not reached; the unreasonable servant needs, in order to be set right, a more radical means of deliverance. This assertion demands confirmation; therefore is the view of von Hofmann (Schriftbew. ii. 2. 404) improbable, that 19b has in view a better-disposed servant: supposing that he is intelligent, in which case he is admonished without cause, then the words are also lost: he will let them pass over him in silence without any reply. This attempted explanation is occasioned by this, that מענה can signify nothing else than a response in words. If this were correct, then without doubt its fundamental meaning would correspond with כּי; for one explains, with Lwenstein, "for he perceives it, and may not answer," i.e., this, that a reply cut off frustrates the moral impression. Or also: for he understands it, but is silent - in praefractum se silentium configit (Schultens); and thus it is with the ancients (Rashi). But why should not ואין מענה itself be the expression of this want of any consequences? מענה cannot certainly mean humiliation

(Note: The Syr. and Targ. also think on ענה, for they translate: "for he knows that he receives no strokes.")

(Meri, after Exodus 10:3, הכנעה), but why as an answer in words and not also a response by act (Stuart: a practical answer)? Thus the lxx ἐὰν γὰρ καὶ νοήσῃ, ἀλλ ̓ οὐχ ὑπακούσεται, according to which Luther: for although he at once understands it, he does not yet take it to himself. That מענה tahT . may mean obedience, the Aram. so understood, also at Proverbs 16:4. It denoted a reply in the most comprehensive meaning of the word, vid., at Proverbs 16:1. The thought, besides, is the same as if one were to explain: for he understands it, and is silent, i.e., lets thee speak; or: he understands it, but that which he perceives finds no practical echo.

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Genesis 12:11-13 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now...

Genesis 20:2,11 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah...

Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he...

Exodus 32:22-24 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: you know the people, that they are set on mischief...

1 Samuel 15:24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and your words...

1 Samuel 27:1,11 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul...

1 Kings 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart?...

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul...

Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said to him, Know you that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

Matthew 26:69-74 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came to him, saying, You also were with Jesus of Galilee...

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God...

John 9:22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already...

John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him...

John 19:12,13 And from thereafter Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If you let this man go, you are not Caesar's friend...

Galatians 2:11-13 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed...

2 Timothy 4:16,17 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge...


Proverbs 16:20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them...

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever.

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand...

Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel...

Daniel 6:23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den...

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.


Psalm 69:29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let your salvation, O God, set me up on high.

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name.

Cross References
Luke 12:4
"I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

John 12:42
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;

John 12:43
for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Genesis 12:12
and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me, but they will let you live.

Genesis 20:2
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

Genesis 26:7
When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he feared to say, "My wife," thinking, "lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah," because she was attractive in appearance.

Deuteronomy 1:17
You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.'

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