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Daily Bible Verse - 7/21/2007 - Proverbs 29:4 : Many Editions > Same Daily Verse

By justice a king gives a country stability,
but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down. (NIV)

The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. (KJV)

The king gives stability to the land by justice,
But a man who takes bribes overthrows it. (NASB)

Proverbs 29:4

By acting with justice, a king brings his country to a position of strength. The one who accepts bribes to pervert justice is undermining the stability of the government.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Pr 29:4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


Bribery erodes the very foundation of the law and of the land (Prov. 29:4) and must be hated as an enemy (Prov. 15:27). It perverts justice (Prov. 17:23), provides offices for dishonest people (Prov. 18:16), purchases favors (Prov. 19:6), and pacifies people without solving problems (Prov. 21:14). The person whose integrity is for sale is not fit to govern.

Wiersbe, W. W. (1997, c1991). With the word Bible commentary (Pr 29:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson. : Many Editions > Same Daily Verse

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