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Proverbs 29:4

    Proverbs 29:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The king by judgment establishes the land: but he that receives gifts overthrows it.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The king by justice establisheth the land; But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A king, by right rule, makes the land safe; but one full of desires makes it a waste.

    Webster's Revision

    The king by justice establisheth the land; But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

    World English Bible

    The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 29:4

    He that receiveth gifts - This was notoriously the case in this kingdom, before the passing of the Magna Charta, or great charter of liberties. Hence that article in it, Nulli vendemus justitiam; "We will not sell justice to any." I have met with cases in our ancient records where, in order to get his right, a man was obliged almost to ruin himself in presents to the king, queen, and their favourites, to get the case decided in his favor.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 29:4

    29:4 Judgment - By the free and impartial exercise of justice. Gifts - Bribes.