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Proverbs 29:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A man's pride shall bring him low; But he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A man's pride bringeth him low; but the humble in spirit shall obtain honour.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The loftiness of a man, layeth him low,—but, one of a lowly spirit, shall attain unto honour.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The pride of man humbleth him, And humility of spirit upholdeth honour.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Humiliation followeth the proud: and glory shall uphold the humble of spirit.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A mans pride shall bring him lowe: but honour shall vpholde the humble in spirit.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Pride brings a man low, but the Lord upholds the humble-minded with honour.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A man's 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
pride 1346
{1346} Prime
From H1342; arrogance or majesty; by implication (concretely) ornament.
shall bring him low: 8213
{8213} Prime
A primitive root; to depress or sink (especially figuratively to humiliate, intransitively or transitively).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
but honour 3519
{3519} Prime
From H3513; properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness.
shall uphold 8551
{8551} Prime
A primitive root; to sustain; by implication to obtain, keep fast; figuratively to help, follow close.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
the humble 8217
{8217} Prime
From H8213; depressed, literally or figuratively.
in spirit. 7307
{7307} Prime
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 29:23

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 18:12).

_ _ honour ... spirit — or, “such shall lay hold on honor” (Proverbs 11:16).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 29:23

_ _ This agrees with what Christ said more than once, 1. That those who exalt themselves shall be abased. Those that think to gain respect by lifting up themselves above their rank, by looking high, talking big, appearing fine, and applauding themselves, will on the contrary expose themselves to contempt, lose their reputation, and provoke God by humbling providences to bring them down and lay them low. 2. That those who humble themselves shall be exalted, and shall be established in their dignity: Honour shall uphold the humble in spirit; their humility is their honour, and that shall make them truly and safely great, and recommend them to the esteem of all that are wise and good.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.
2 Chronicles 32:25-26 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit [done] unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. ... Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, [both] he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
2 Chronicles 33:10-12 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. ... And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
2 Chronicles 33:23-24 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more. ... And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
Job 22:29 When [men] are cast down, then thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
Job 40:12 Look on every one [that is] proud, [and] bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
Isaiah 2:11-12 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. ... For the day of the LORD of hosts [shall be] upon every [one that is] proud and lofty, and upon every [one that is] lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
Daniel 4:30-37 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? ... Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Daniel 5:20-21 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: ... And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling [was] with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and [that] he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
James 4:6-10 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. ... Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.


Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, [and] to prove thee, to know what [was] in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. ... And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every [word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Deuteronomy 8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Isaiah 66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Matthew 5:3 Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
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Dt 8:2, 16. 2Ch 32:25; 33:10, 23. Jb 22:29; 40:12. Pv 15:33; 18:12. Is 2:11; 57:15; 66:2. Dn 4:30; 5:20. Mt 5:3; 18:4; 23:12. Lk 14:11; 18:14. Ac 12:23. Jm 4:6. 1P 5:5.

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