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Proverbs 14:35 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The king's favor is toward a servant that dealeth wisely; But his wrath will be [against] him that causeth shame.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The king's favour [is] toward a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The king's favor [is] towards a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The king's favour is toward a wise servant; but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The good-pleasure of a king, is due to a servant who is discreet, but, his indignation, shall be against him that bringeth shame.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The favour of a king [is] to a wise servant, And an object of his wrath is one causing shame!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A wise servant is acceptable to the king: he that is good for nothing shall feel his anger.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The Kings fauour [is] toward a wise seruant: but his wrath, is [against] him that causeth shame.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— An understanding servant is acceptable to a king; and by his good behaviour he removes disgrace.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The king's favour [is] toward a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The king's 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
favour 7522
{7522} Prime
From H7521; delight.
[is] toward a wise 7919
{7919} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causeatively make or act) circumspect and hence intelligent.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
servant: 5650
{5650} Prime
From H5647; a servant.
but his wrath 5678
{5678} Prime
Feminine of H5676; an outburst of passion.
is x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
[against] him that causeth shame. 954
{0954} Prime
A primitive root; properly to pale, that is, by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed, or delayed.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 14:35

_ _ wise — discreet or prudent.

_ _ causeth shame — (Proverbs 10:5; Proverbs 12:4) acts basely.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 14:35

_ _ This shows that in a well-ordered court and government smiles and favours are dispensed among those that are employed in public trusts according to their merits; Solomon lets them know he will go by that rule, 1. That those who behave themselves wisely shall be respected and preferred, whatever enemies they may have that seek to undermine them. No man's services shall be neglected to please a party or a favourite. 2. That those who are selfish and false, who betray their country, oppress the poor, and sow discord, and thus cause shame, shall be displaced and banished the court, whatever friends they may make to speak for them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 14:35

Shame — Both to himself, by his foolish management of the king's affairs, and to the king who made so foolish a choice of a servant.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 19:12-13 The king's wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favour [is] as dew upon the grass. ... A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.
Proverbs 20:8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
Proverbs 20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.
Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.
Psalms 101:4-8 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked [person]. ... I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.
Matthew 24:45-51 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? ... And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Luke 12:42-48 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season? ... But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.


Proverbs 10:5 He that gathereth in summer [is] a wise son: [but] he that sleepeth in harvest [is] a son that causeth shame.
Proverbs 17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
Proverbs 19:26 He that wasteth [his] father, [and] chaseth away [his] mother, [is] a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
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Ps 101:4. Pv 10:5; 17:2; 19:12, 26; 20:8, 26; 22:11; 25:5; 29:12. Mt 24:45. Lk 12:42.

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