Proverbs 21:29
New International Version
The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways.

New Living Translation
The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act.

English Standard Version
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways.

Berean Study Bible
A wicked man hardens his face, but the upright man makes his way sure.

King James Bible
A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

New King James Version
A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way.

New American Standard Bible
A wicked person displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.

NASB 1995
A wicked man displays a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.

NASB 1977
A wicked man shows a bold face, But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.

Amplified Bible
A wicked man puts on a bold face, But as for the upright, he considers, directs, and establishes his way [with the confidence of integrity].

Christian Standard Bible
A wicked person puts on a bold face, but the upright one considers his way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright man considers his way.

American Standard Version
A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The face of an evil man is shameless, and he who is upright establishes the ways of his soul.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
An ungodly man impudently withstands with his face; but the upright man himself understands his ways.

Contemporary English Version
Wicked people bluff their way, but God's people think before they take a step.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man impudently hardeneth his face: but he that is righteous, correcteth his way.

English Revised Version
A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he ordereth his ways.

Good News Translation
Righteous people are sure of themselves; the wicked have to pretend as best they can.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person puts up a bold front, but a decent person's way of life is his own security.

International Standard Version
The wicked man puts up a bold appearance, but the upright thinks about what he is doing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he looketh well to his way.

Literal Standard Version
A wicked man has hardened by his face, And the upright—he prepares his way.

NET Bible
A wicked person shows boldness with his face, but as for the upright, he discerns his ways.

New Heart English Bible
A wicked man hardens his face; but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.

World English Bible
A wicked man hardens his face; but as for the upright, he establishes his ways.

Young's Literal Translation
A wicked man hath hardened by his face, And the upright -- he prepareth his way.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The King's Heart
28A lying witness will perish, but the man who listens to truth will speak forever. 29A wicked man hardens his face, but the upright man makes his way sure. 30There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel that can prevail against the LORD.…

Cross References
Psalm 119:5
Oh, that my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes!

Proverbs 7:13
She seizes him and kisses him; she brazenly says to him:

Proverbs 11:5
The righteousness of the blameless directs their path, but the wicked fall by their own wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 8:1
Who is like the wise man? Who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom brightens his face, and the sternness of his face is changed.


Treasury of Scripture

A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he directs his way.

hardeneth

Proverbs 28:14
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Proverbs 29:1
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Jeremiah 3:2,3
Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness…

he directeth

Proverbs 11:5
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Psalm 119:59
I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

Ezekiel 18:28
Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.









(29) A wicked man hardeneth his face.--Is insensible to rebuke, and will not confess himself in the wrong, but "the upright directeth his way," as God would have him, or, as the margin implies, "looks well" to it, sees that it is in accordance with His commandments.

Verse 29. - A wicked man hardeneth his face; is shameless (as Proverbs 7:13), and is insensible to rebuke or any soft feeling. This obduracy he shows with his countenance. Septuagint, "An ungodly man shamelessly withstands with his face." But as for the upright, he directeth his way. He gives it the right direction (2 Chronicles 27:6). This is the reading of the Khetib, יָכִין but, though generally adopted by the versions (except the Septuagint), it does not make a suitable antithesis to the rash stubbornness of the wicked. Hence modern commentators prefer the reading of the Keri, יָבִין, "he considereth, proveth," his way; he acts only after due thought, giving proper weight to all circumstance. Septuagint, "But the upright man himself understands (συνιεῖ) his ways." The contrast lies in the audacious self-confidence of the unprincipled man, and the calm circumspection and prudence of the saint.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A wicked
רָשָׁ֣ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

man
אִ֣ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

hardens
הֵעֵ֬ז (hê·‘êz)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5810: To be strong

his face,
בְּפָנָ֑יו (bə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-b | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6440: The face

but the upright [man]
וְ֝יָשָׁ֗ר (wə·yā·šār)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3477: Straight, right

makes
יָבִ֬ין (yā·ḇîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3559: To be erect

his way {sure}.
דַּרְכּֽוֹ׃ (dar·kōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action


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