New International Version
When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
King James Bible
For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
Darby Bible Translation
By the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; but by a man of understanding [and] of knowledge, [its] stability is prolonged.
World English Bible
In rebellion, a land has many rulers, but order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.
Young's Literal Translation
By the transgression of a land many are its heads. And by an intelligent man, Who knoweth right -- it is prolonged.
Proverbs 28:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Many are the princes - Nations, as nations, cannot be judged in a future world; therefore, God judges them here. And where the people are very wicked, and the constitution very bad, the succession of princes is frequent - they are generally taken off by an untimely death. Where the people know that the constitution is in their favor, they seldom disturb the prince, as they consider him the guardian of their privileges.
But by a man of understanding - Whether he be a king, or the king's prime minister, the prosperity of the state is advanced by his counsels.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
by a man, etc., by men of understanding and wisdom shall they likewise be prolonged
LibraryTwo Coverings and Two Consequences
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 …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
He Does Battle for the Faith; He Restores Peace among those who were at Variance; He Takes in Hand to Build a Stone Church.
"And There is None that Calleth Upon Thy Name, that Stirreth up Himself to Take Hold on Thee,"
God's Law Immutable
1 Kings 16:8
In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah son of Baasha became king of Israel, and he reigned in Tirzah two years.
2 Kings 15:8
In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned six months.
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
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