16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
16 Among leaders who lack insight, abuse abounds, but for one who hates corruption, the future is bright.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 28:16
Commentary on Proverbs 28:16
(Read Proverbs 28:16)
Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety.