Proverbs 14:34
New International Version
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.

New Living Translation
Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

English Standard Version
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Berean Study Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

New American Standard Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.

New King James Version
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.

King James Bible
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Christian Standard Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

Contemporary English Version
Doing right brings honor to a nation, but sin brings disgrace.

Good News Translation
Righteousness makes a nation great; sin is a disgrace to any nation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

International Standard Version
Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin diminishes any people.

NET Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

New Heart English Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Righteousness will exalt the people and sin diminishes a people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Righteousness lifts up a nation, but sin is a disgrace in any society.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people.

New American Standard 1977
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.

King James 2000 Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

American King James Version
Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

American Standard Version
Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Righteousness exalts a nation: but sins diminish tribes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable.

Darby Bible Translation
Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to peoples.

English Revised Version
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Webster's Bible Translation
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

World English Bible
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.

Young's Literal Translation
Righteousness exalteth a nation, And the goodliness of peoples is a sin-offering.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
33Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning; even among fools she is known. 34Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. 35A king delights in a wise servant, but his anger falls on the shameful.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:33
Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning; even in the hearts of fools she is known.

Proverbs 14:35
A king delights in a wise servant, but his anger falls on the shameful.

Treasury of Scripture

Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

righteousness

Deuteronomy 4:6-8
Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people…

Deuteronomy 28:1-14
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: …

Judges 2:6-14
And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land…

but

Deuteronomy 28:15
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

Deuteronomy 29:18-28
Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; …

Psalm 107:34
A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.





Lexicon
Righteousness
צְדָקָ֥ה (ṣə·ḏā·qāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

exalts
תְרֽוֹמֵֽם־ (ṯə·rō·w·mêm-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

a nation,
גּ֑וֹי (gō·w)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

but sin
חַטָּֽאת׃ (ḥaṭ·ṭāṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2403: An offence, its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, expiation, an offender

is a disgrace
וְחֶ֖סֶד (wə·ḥe·seḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

to any people.
לְאֻמִּ֣ים (lə·’um·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3816: A community
(34) Righteousness.--See above, on Proverbs 10:2.

Verse 34. - Righteousness exalteth a nation. "Righteousness" (Proverbs 10:2) is the rendering to all their due, whether to God or man. We are taught the salutary lesson that a nation's real greatness consists not in its conquests, magnificence, military or artistic skill, but in its observance of the requirements of justice and religion. Hesiod, Αργ. 223 -

Οἱ δὲ δίκας ξείνοισι καὶ ἐνδήμοισι διδοῦσιν
Ἰθείας καὶ μή τι παρεκβαίνουσι δικαίου
Τοῖσι τέθηλε πόλις λαοὶ δ ἀνθεῦσιν ἐν αὐτῇ But sin is a reproach to any people; to peoples. The words for "nation" (goi) and "peoples" (leummim) are usually applied to foreign nations rather than to the Hebrews; and Wordsworth sees here a statement a fortiori: if righteousness exalts and sin degrades heathen nations, how much more must this be the case with God's own people, who have clearer revelations and heavier responsibilities! חֶסֶד (chesed) occurs in the sense of "reproach," in Leviticus 20:17, and with a different punctuation in Proverbs 25:10 of this book. Its more usual meaning is "mercy" or "piety;" hence some have explained the clause: "The piety of the peoples, i.e. the worship of the heathen, is sin; and others, taking "sin" as put metonymically for "sin offering," render: "Piety is an atonement for the peoples." But there is no doubt that the Authorized Version is correct (comp. Proverbs 11:11). Thus Symmachus renders it by ὄνειδος, "shame;" and in the same sense the Chaldee Paraphrase. The Vulgate and Septuagint, owing to the common confusion of the letters daleth and resh, have read cheser instead of chesed, and render thus: Vulgate, "Sin makes peoples miserable;" Septuagint, "Sins diminish tribes." The sin of nations contrasted with the righteousness in the first clause must be injustice, impiety, and violence. See a grand passage in the fifth book of St. Augustine's 'De Civitate Dei,' ch. 12.
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