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Proverbs 29:12

    Proverbs 29:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, All his servants are wicked.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If a ruler gives attention to false words, all his servants are evil-doers.

    Webster's Revision

    If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, All his servants are wicked.

    World English Bible

    If a ruler listens to lies, all of his officials are wicked.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If a ruler hearkeneth to falsehood, all his servants are wicked.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 29:12

    If a ruler hearken to lies - Wherever the system of espionage is permitted to prevail, there the system of falsity is established; for he who is capable of being a spy and informer, is not only capable of telling and swearing lies, but also of cutting his king's or even his father's throat. I have seen cases, where the same spy received pay from both parties, and deceived both.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 29:12

    All his servants are wicked - They know what will please, and they become informers and backbiters.