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Proverbs 29:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Many seek the ruler's favor; But a man's judgment [cometh] from Jehovah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Many seek the ruler's favour; but [every] man's judgment [cometh] from the LORD.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Many seek the ruler’s favor, But justice for man [comes] from the LORD.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Many seek the ruler's favor; but [every] man's judgment [cometh] from the LORD.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Many seek the ruler's face; but a man's right judgment is from Jehovah.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Many, seek the face of a ruler, but, from Yahweh, is the sentence of each one.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Many are seeking the face of a ruler, And from Jehovah [is] the judgment of each.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Many seek the face of the prince: but the judgment of every one cometh forth from the Lord.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Many seeke the rulers fauour, but euery mans iudgement [commeth] from the LORD.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Many wait on the favour of rulers; but justice comes to a man from the Lord.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Many seek the ruler's favour; but [every] man's judgment [cometh] from Yahweh.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Many 7227
{7227} Prime
רַב
rab
{rab}
By contraction from H7231; abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality).
seek 1245
{1245} Prime
בּקשׁ
baqash
{baw-kash'}
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
the ruler's 4910
{4910} Prime
מָשַׁל
mashal
{maw-shal'}
A primitive root; to rule.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
favour; 6440
{6440} Prime
פָּנִים
paniym
{paw-neem'}
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
but [every] man's 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
judgment 4941
{4941} Prime
מִשְׁפָּט
mishpat
{mish-pawt'}
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style.
[cometh] from Yhw יָהוֶה. 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 29:26

_ _ (Compare Margin; Psalms 27:8). God alone will and can do exact justice.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 29:26

_ _ See here, 1. What is the common course men take to advance and enrich themselves, and make themselves great: they seek the ruler's favour, and, as if all their judgment proceeded from him, to him they make all their court. Solomon was himself a ruler, and knew with what sedulity men made their application to him, some on one errand, others on another, but all for his favour. It is the way of the world to make interest with great men, and expect much from the smiles of second causes, which yet are uncertain, and frequently disappoint them. Many take a great deal of pains in seeking the ruler's favour and yet cannot have it; many have it for a little while, but they cannot keep themselves in it, by some little turn or other they are brought under his displeasure; many have it, and keep it, and yet it does not answer their expectation, they cannot make that hand of it that they promised themselves they should. Haman had the ruler's favour, and yet it availed him nothing. 2. What is the wisest course men can take to be happy. Let them look up to God, and seek the favour of the Ruler of rulers; for every man's judgment proceeds from the Lord. It is not with us as the ruler pleases; his favour cannot make us happy, his frowns cannot make us miserable. But it is as God pleases; every creature is that to us that God makes it to be, no more and no other. He is the first Cause, on which all second causes depend; if he help not, they cannot, 2 Kings 6:27; Job 34:29.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 29:26

Judgment — The decision of his cause, and the success of all his endeavours.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 29:26

Many seek the ruler's favour; but [every] man's (g) judgment [cometh] from the LORD.

(g) He does not need to flatter the ruler, for what God has appointed will come to him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
seek:

Proverbs 19:6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts.
Psalms 20:9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

ruler's favour:
Heb. face of a ruler,
Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 19:21 [There are] many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Genesis 43:14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved [of my children], I am bereaved.
Ezra 7:27-28 Blessed [be] the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put [such a thing] as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which [is] in Jerusalem: ... And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God [was] upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.
Nehemiah 1:11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.
Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
Psalms 20:9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.
Psalms 62:12 Also unto thee, O Lord, [belongeth] mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Isaiah 46:9-11 Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me, ... Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it], I will also do it.
Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
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Gn 43:14. Ezr 7:27. Ne 1:11. Es 4:16. Ps 20:9; 62:12. Pv 16:7; 19:6, 21; 21:1. Is 46:9. Dn 4:35.

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