4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he [1] that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

Other Translations of Proverbs 29:4

New International Version

4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy forOr "who give" bribes tear it down.

English Standard Version

4 By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts giftsOr who taxes heavily tears it down.

The Message

4 A leader of good judgment gives stability; an exploiting leader leaves a trail of waste.

New King James Version

4 The king establishes the land by justice, But he who receives bribes overthrows it.

New Living Translation

4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 29:4

Commentary on Proverbs 29:4

(Read Proverbs 29:4)

The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people.