2 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.

Other Translations of Proverbs 28:2

New International Version

2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

English Standard Version

2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

The Message

2 When the country is in chaos, everybody has a plan to fix it - But it takes a leader of real understanding to straighten things out.

New King James Version

2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.

New Living Translation

2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 28:2

Commentary on Proverbs 28:2

(Read Proverbs 28:2)

National sins disturb the public repose.