New International Version
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
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
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He shalt not stand before mean men - חשכים chashukkim, dark or obscure persons; men of no repute. Na he schal ben before un-noble men - Old MS. Bible. "Not amonge the symple people." - Coverdale.
The general meaning of the proverb is, "Every diligent, active man, shall be at once independent and respectable."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
he shall stand that is, he shall have the honour or serving kings; as the phrase denotes mean men.
LibraryThe Rich and the Poor
Chapel Royal, Whitehall, 1871. Proverbs xxii. 2. "The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all." I have been asked to preach here this afternoon on behalf of the Parochial Mission Women's Fund. I may best describe the object for which I plead, as an attempt to civilise and Christianise the women of the lower classes in the poorer districts of London and other great towns, by means of women of their own class--women, who have gone through the same struggles as they have, …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
The Christian Business World
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh's presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock."
1 Samuel 16:21
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.
1 Kings 10:8
How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!
1 Kings 11:28
Now Jeroboam was a man of standing, and when Solomon saw how well the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the tribes of Joseph.
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
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