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Proverbs 22:29

    Proverbs 22:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Have you seen a man who is expert in his business? he will take his place before kings; his place will not be among low persons.

    Webster's Revision

    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.

    World English Bible

    Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

    Definitions for Proverbs 22:29

    Mean - Common.
    Mean - Obscure; insignificant.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 22:29

    He shalt not stand before mean men - חשכים chashukkim, dark or obscure persons; men of no repute. Na he schal ben before un-noble men - Old MS. Bible. "Not amonge the symple people." - Coverdale.

    The general meaning of the proverb is, "Every diligent, active man, shall be at once independent and respectable."

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 22:29

    The gift of a quick and ready intellect is to lead to high office, it is not to be wasted on a work to which the obscure are adequate.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 22:29

    22:29 Before kings - He is fit to be employed in the affairs of princes.