Proverbs 28:2
Modern Translations
New International Version
When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

New Living Translation
When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

English Standard Version
When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

Berean Study Bible
A land in rebellion has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.

New American Standard Bible
Due to a wrongdoing of a land its leaders are many, But by a person of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.

NASB 1995
By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.

NASB 1977
By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.

Amplified Bible
When a land does wrong, it has many princes, But when the ruler is a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability endures.

Christian Standard Bible
When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.

Contemporary English Version
In time of civil war there are many leaders, but a sensible leader restores law and order.

Good News Translation
When a nation sins, it will have one ruler after another. But a nation will be strong and endure when it has intelligent, sensible leaders.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When a country is in revolt, it has many rulers, but only with a person who has understanding and knowledge will it last a long time.

International Standard Version
When a land transgresses, it gains a succession of leaders, but with an understanding and knowledgeable man, its stability endures.

NET Bible
When a country is rebellious it has many princes, but by someone who is discerning and knowledgeable order is maintained.
Classic Translations
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.

New King James Version
Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.

King James 2000 Bible
For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge its state shall be prolonged.

New Heart English Bible
In rebellion, a land has many rulers, but order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.

World English Bible
In rebellion, a land has many rulers, but order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; But by men of understanding and knowledge the state thereof'shall be prolonged.

A Faithful Version
Because of the transgression of a land, many are its rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge the state 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.

English Revised Version
For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by men of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the transgression of a land many are its princes: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
For the transgression of the land there are many princes thereof: but by a man of vnderstanding and knowledge a realme likewise endureth long.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
For the wickednes of the lande, the prince is oft chaunged: but thorowe a man of vnderstanding and wysdome, a realme endureth long.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
Because of synne ye londe doth oft chaunge hir prynce: but thorow men of vnderstondinge & wysdome a realme endureth longe.
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
By the transgression of a land its heads are many, "" And by an understanding man, "" Who knows right—it is prolonged.

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.

Smith's Literal Translation
In the transgression of a land many its chiefs: and by a man understanding to know, the place shall be extended.

Catholic Translations
Douay-Rheims Bible
For the sine of the land many are the princes thereof: and for the wisdom of a man, and the knowledge of those things that are said, the life of the prince shall be prolonged.

Catholic Public Domain Version
Because of the sins of the land, it has many princes. And because of the wisdom of a man, and the knowledge of those things that are said, the life of the leader shall be prolonged.

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
Among the evil of the Earth are its many Rulers, and the righteous children of men who know righteousness endure.

Lamsa Bible
Because of the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; but by righteous men who know justice the stability thereof shall be prolonged.

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; But by a man of understanding and knowledge established order shall long continue.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
By reason of the sins of ungodly men quarrels arise; but a wise man will quell them.








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