New American Standard Bible
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.
King James Bible
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
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The gift of a quick and ready intellect is to lead to high office, it is not to be wasted on a work to which the obscure are adequate.
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
He Accuses Abaelard for Preferring his Own Opinions and Even Fancies to the Unanimous Consent of the Fathers, Especially Where He Declares that Christ did Not
Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
"The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock."
1 Samuel 16:21
Then David came to Saul and attended him; and Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.
1 Kings 10:8
"How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.
1 Kings 11:28
Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior, and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he appointed him over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph.
When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,
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