Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

See thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men.

New American Standard Bible

Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

King James Version

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Holman Bible

Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand in the presence of kings.
He will not stand in the presence of unknown men.


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International Standard Version

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will work for kings, not unimportant people.

American Standard Version

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men.

Amplified


Do you see a man skillful and experienced in his work?
He will stand [in honor] before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

Bible in Basic English

Have you seen a man who is expert in his business? he will take his place before kings; his place will not be among low persons.

Darby Translation

Hast thou seen a man diligent in his work? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before the mean.

Julia Smith Translation

Sawest thou a man apt in his works? Before kings shall he stand; he shall not stand before the dark ones

King James 2000

See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men.

Lexham Expanded Bible

A man who is skillful in his work, you shall see: before kings, he will serve; he will not serve before the commoners.

Modern King James verseion

Do you see a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before unknown men.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Seest thou not, that they which be diligent in their business stand before kings, and not among the simple people?

NET Bible

Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will take his position before kings; he will not take his position before obscure people.

New Heart English Bible

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.

The Emphasized Bible

Seest thou a man prompt in his business? before kings, shall he stand, he shall not stand before men who are obscure.

Webster

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

World English Bible

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won't serve obscure men.

Youngs Literal Translation

Hast thou seen a man speedy in his business? Before kings he doth station himself, He stations not himself before obscure men!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
חזה 
Chazah 
Usage: 54

thou a man
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

מהר מהיר 
Mahiyr 
Usage: 4

מלאכה 
M@la'kah 
Usage: 167

פּנים 
Paniym 
פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119
Usage: 2119

מלך 
melek 
Usage: 2521

he shall not stand
יצב 
Yatsab 
Usage: 48

חשׁך 
Chashok 
Usage: 1

Verse Info

Context Readings

Living With Your Neighbor

28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. 29 See thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men.



Cross References

Genesis 41:46

And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Proverbs 10:4

He who works with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

1 Kings 10:8

Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, who stand continually before thee, who hear thy wisdom.

1 Kings 11:28

And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor. And Solomon saw the young man that he was industrious, and he gave him charge over all the labor of the house of Joseph.

Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be put under task work.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever thy hand finds to do, do with thy might, for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where thou go.

Matthew 25:21

And his lord said to him, Well, good and faithful bondman. Thou were faithful over a few things, I will appoint thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:23

His lord said to him, Well, good and faithful bondman. Thou were faithful over a few things, I will appoint thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Romans 12:11

not lazy in diligence, being fervent in the Spirit serving the Lord,

2 Timothy 4:2

preach the word, stand ready in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

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