Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

He pours contempt upon rulers, and weakens the strength of the strong.

New American Standard Bible

“He pours contempt on nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong.

King James Version

He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

Holman Bible

He pours out contempt on nobles
and disarms the strong.

International Standard Version

He pours contempt on nobles and embarrasses the mighty.

American Standard Version

He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong.


“He pours contempt on princes and nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong [disabling them].

Bible in Basic English

He puts shame on chiefs, and takes away the power of the strong;

Darby Translation

He poureth contempt upon nobles, and slackeneth the girdle of the mighty;

Julia Smith Translation

Proving contempt upon nobles, and he slackened the girdle of the strong.

King James 2000

He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.

Lexham Expanded Bible

He pours contempt on noblemen, and he loosens [the] girdle of [the] mighty.

Modern King James verseion

He pours scorn on princes, and unties the belt of the mighty.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He poureth out confusion upon princes, and comforteth them that have been oppressed.

NET Bible

He pours contempt on noblemen and disarms the powerful.

New Heart English Bible

He pours contempt on princes, and loosens the belt of the strong.

The Emphasized Bible

Pouring contempt upon nobles, and, the girdle of the mighty, hath He loosed:


He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

World English Bible

He pours contempt on princes, and loosens the belt of the strong.

Youngs Literal Translation

Pouring contempt upon princes, And the girdle of the mighty He made feeble.


Root Form
He poureth
Usage: 115

Usage: 11

Usage: 28

and weakeneth
Usage: 46

the strength
מזח מזיח 
Usage: 3






Context Readings

If You Want To Learn

20 He removes the speech of the trustworthy, and takes away the understanding of the elders. 21 He pours contempt upon rulers, and weakens the strength of the strong. 22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.

Cross References

Psalm 107:40

He pours contempt upon rulers, and causes them to wander in the waste, where there is no way.

Exodus 8:2

And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs.

Exodus 16:24

And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade, and it did not become foul, neither was there any worm in it.

1 Kings 21:23-24

And LORD spoke also of Jezebel, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the rampart of Jezreel.

2 Kings 9:26

Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, says LORD, and I will requite thee in this plot, says LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plot [of ground], according to the word of LORD.

2 Kings 9:34-37

And when he came in, he ate and drank, and he said, Now see to this cursed woman, and bury her, for she is a king's daughter.

Isaiah 5:27

None shall be weary nor stumble among them. None shall slumber nor sleep, nor shall the belt of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken,

Isaiah 11:5

And righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

Isaiah 22:21

And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy belt. And I will commit thy government into his hand, and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

Isaiah 23:9

LORD of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.

Isaiah 24:21-22

And it shall come to pass in that day, that LORD will punish the host of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

Isaiah 37:38

And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword, and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.

Daniel 2:21-22

And he changes the times and the seasons. He removes kings, and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding.

Daniel 4:32-33

And thou shall be driven from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. Thou shall be made to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of me

Matthew 2:12-13

And divinely warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed into their own country by another way.

Acts 12:23

And immediately an agent of Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And after becoming worm-eaten, he expired.

Ephesians 6:10

Finally my brothers, be strong in Lord and in the power of his might.

Ephesians 6:14

Stand ye therefore having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers.

International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation.

New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. For Permission to Quote Information visit

NET Bible copyright © 1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. NetBible

Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute - public domain