New International Version
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
King James Bible
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
Darby Bible Translation
If a ruler hearken to lying words, all his servants are wicked.
World English Bible
If a ruler listens to lies, all of his officials are wicked.
Young's Literal Translation
A ruler who is attending to lying words, All his ministers are wicked.
Proverbs 29:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If a ruler hearken to lies - Wherever the system of espionage is permitted to prevail, there the system of falsity is established; for he who is capable of being a spy and informer, is not only capable of telling and swearing lies, but also of cutting his king's or even his father's throat. I have seen cases, where the same spy received pay from both parties, and deceived both.
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1 Kings 12:14
he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
2 Kings 21:9
But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.
Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.
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