King James Version
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou seen a man diligent in his work? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before the mean.
World English Bible
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.
Young's Literal Translation
Hast thou seen a man speedy in his business? Before kings he doth station himself, He stations not himself before obscure men!
Proverbs 22:29 Parallel
CommentaryKing James Translators' Notes
mean...: Heb. obscure men
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.Proverbs 22:29 Parallel Commentaries
LibraryThe Formation of Habits.
School Sermon. Proverbs xxii. 6. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." INTRODUCTION.--There is a district, high up in the Black Forest, where the ground is full of springs. It is a plain some nine hundred feet above the sea. Thousands upon thousands of little springs gush out of the soil; you seem to be on the rose of a vast watering-can. Now, from this great source flow a good many rivers, and they flow in very different, nay, opposite directions. …
S. Baring-Gould—The Village Pulpit, Volume II. Trinity to Advent
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Philip and the Emperor
And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
1 Samuel 16:21
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
1 Kings 10:8
Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
1 Kings 11:28
And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
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