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Proverbs 17:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Also to punish the righteous is not good, [Nor] to smite the noble for [their] uprightness.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— It is also not good to fine the righteous, [Nor] to strike the noble for [their] uprightness.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— To punish a righteous [man] is not good, nor to strike nobles because of [their] uprightness.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Surely, to chastise the righteous, is not good, to smite the noble-minded for equity.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Also, to fine the righteous is not good, To smite nobles for uprightness.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Also to punish the iust [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equitie.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [It is] not right to punish a righteous man, nor [is it] holy to plot against righteous princes.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Also x1571
(1571) Complement
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
to punish 6064
{6064} Prime
A primitive root; properly to urge; by implication to inflict a penalty, specifically to fine.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
the just 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
[is] not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
good, 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
[nor] to strike 5221
{5221} Prime
A primitive root; to strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively).
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
princes 5081
{5081} Prime
From H5068; properly voluntary, that is, generous; hence, magnanimous; as noun, a grandee (sometimes a tyrant).
for x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
equity. 3476
{3476} Prime
From H3474; the right.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 17:26

_ _ Also — that is, Equally to be avoided are other sins: punishing good subjects, or resisting good rulers.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 17:26

_ _ In differences that happen between magistrates and subjects, and such differences often arise, 1. Let magistrates see to it that they never punish the just, that they be in no case a terror to good works, for that is to abuse their power and betray that great trust which is reposed in them. It is not good, that is, it is a very evil thing, and will end ill, whatever end they may aim at in it. When princes become tyrants and persecutors their thrones will be neither easy nor firm. 2. Let subjects see to it that they do not find fault with the government for doing its duty, for it is a wicked thing to strike princes for equity, by defaming their administration or by any secret attempts against them to strike at them, as the ten tribes that revolted reflected upon Solomon for imposing necessary taxes. Some read it, Nor to strike the ingenuous for equity. Magistrates must take heed that none suffer under them for well doing; nor must parents provoke their children to wrath by unjust rebukes.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 17:26

To strike — Nor to smite magistrates, either with the hand or tongue, for the execution of justice.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 17:26

Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes (n) for equity.

(n) For their well doing.

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to punish:

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.
Proverbs 18:5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

to strike:

2 Samuel 3:23-25 When Joab and all the host that [was] with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace. ... Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that thou doest.
2 Samuel 3:39 And I [am] this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah [be] too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.
2 Samuel 16:7-8 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: ... The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou [art taken] in thy mischief, because thou [art] a bloody man.
2 Samuel 19:7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now.
Job 34:18-19 [Is it fit] to say to a king, [Thou art] wicked? [and] to princes, [Ye are] ungodly? ... [How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands.
Micah 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
John 18:22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
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Gn 18:25. 2S 3:23, 39; 16:7; 19:7. Jb 34:18. Pv 17:15; 18:5. Mi 5:1. Jn 18:22.

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