New International Version
A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
King James Bible
The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
Darby Bible Translation
The prince void of intelligence is also a great oppressor: he that hateth covetousness shall prolong [his] days.
World English Bible
A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment. One who hates ill-gotten gain will have long days.
Young's Literal Translation
A leader lacking understanding multiplieth oppressions, Whoso is hating dishonest gain prolongeth days.
Proverbs 28:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The prince that wanteth understanding - A weak prince will generally have wicked ministers, for his weakness prevents him from making a proper choice; and he is apt to prefer them who flatter him, and minister most to his pleasures. The quantum of the king's intellect may be always appreciated by the mildness or oppressiveness of his government. He who plunges his people into expensive wars, to support which they are burdened with taxes, is a prince without understanding. He does not know his own interest, and does not regard that of his people. But these things, though general truths, apply more particularly to those despotic governments which prevail in Asiatic countries.
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A Sermon (No. 3500) by C. H. Spurgeon, April 4th, 1875, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. Published February 24th, 1916. "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper."--Proverbs 28:13. "Thou Hast covered all their sins."--Psalm 85:2. In these two texts we have man's covering, which is worthless and culpable, and God's covering, which is profitable and worthy of all acceptation. No sooner had man disobeyed his Maker's will in the garden of Eden than he discovered to his surprise and dismay …
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Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning.
Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.
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