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Proverbs 28:2

    Proverbs 28:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because of the sin of the land, its troubles are increased; but by a man of wisdom and knowledge they will be put out like a fire.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Proverbs 28:2

    Transgression - Wrong-doing; a violation of a law.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 28:2

    Many are the princes - Nations, as nations, cannot be judged in a future world; therefore, God judges them here. And where the people are very wicked, and the constitution very bad, the succession of princes is frequent - they are generally taken off by an untimely death. Where the people know that the constitution is in their favor, they seldom disturb the prince, as they consider him the guardian of their privileges.

    But by a man of understanding - Whether he be a king, or the king's prime minister, the prosperity of the state is advanced by his counsels.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 28:2

    Transgression - Better, rebellion. A revolt against a ruler leads to rapid changes of dynasty (the whole history of the kingdom of Israel was a proof of this), but "with men of understanding and knowledge thus shall he (the prince) continue." True wisdom will lead people to maintain an existing order. The King James Version implies that political disorders may come as the punishment of any national sin.

    The state - Better, it (the land) shall surely prolong its days in stability.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 28:2

    28:2 But - By a wise and good prince.