Parallel Verses


The king by justice establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts and tribute overthrows it.

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

By justice a king brings stability to a land,
but a man who demands “contributions”
demolishes it.

International Standard Version

A king brings stability to a land through justice, but a man who takes bribes brings it to ruin.

A Conservative Version

By justice the king establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts overthrows it.

American Standard Version

The king by justice establisheth the land; But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it.

Bible in Basic English

A king, by right rule, makes the land safe; but one full of desires makes it a waste.

Darby Translation

A king by just judgment establisheth the land; but he that taketh gifts overthroweth it.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The king by judgment establishes the land, but he that receives gifts shall overthrow it.

Julia Smith Translation

A king in judgment shall establish the land: and a man of presents shall overthrow it

King James 2000

The king by justice establishes the land: but he that receives bribes overthrows it.

Lexham Expanded Bible

By justice a king gives stability [to] a land, but a man of bribes will ruin it.

Modern King James verseion

The king establishes the land by judgment; but he taking bribes tears it down.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

With true judgment the king setteth up the land; but if he be a man that taketh gifts, he turneth it upside down.

NET Bible

A king brings stability to a land by justice, but one who exacts tribute tears it down.

New Heart English Bible

The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.

The Emphasized Bible

A king, by justice, shall establish a land, - but, a man open to bribes, bringeth it to ruin.


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

World English Bible

The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.

Youngs Literal Translation

A king by judgment establisheth a land, And one receiving gifts throweth it down.


Root Form
Usage: 2521

the land
Usage: 2504

but he
Usage: 692

תּרמה תּרוּמה 
Usage: 76

Verse Info

Context Readings

All About Life

3 Whoever loves skillful and godly Wisdom rejoices his father, but he who associates with harlots wastes his substance. 4 The king by justice establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts and tribute overthrows it. 5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his own feet.

Cross References

Proverbs 29:14

The king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established continuously.

1 Samuel 13:13

And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly! You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God which He commanded you; for the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever;

2 Samuel 8:15

So David reigned over all Israel, and executed justice and righteousness for all his people.

1 Kings 2:12

Then Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

2 Kings 15:18-20

He did evil in the sight of the Lord; he did not depart all his days from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he caused Israel to sin.

2 Chronicles 9:8

Blessed be the Lord your God, Who delighted in you and set you on His throne to be king for the Lord your God! Because your God loved Israel and would establish them forever, He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.

Psalm 89:14

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and loving-kindness and truth go before Your face.

Psalm 99:4

The strength of the king who loves righteousness and equity You establish in uprightness; You execute justice and righteousness in Jacob (Israel).

Proverbs 8:15

By me kings reign and rulers decree justice.

Proverbs 16:12

It is an abomination [to God and men] for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established and made secure by righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).

Proverbs 20:8

A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows out all evil [like chaff] with his eyes.

Isaiah 9:7

Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 49:8

Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate [moral wastes of heathenism, their] heritages,

Jeremiah 22:13-17

Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his [upper] chambers by injustice, who uses his neighbor's service without wages and does not give him his pay [for his work],

Daniel 11:20

Then shall stand up in his place or office one who shall send an exactor of tribute to pass through the glory of the kingdom, but within a few days he shall be destroyed, [yet] neither in anger nor in battle.

Micah 7:3

Both their hands are put forth and are upon what is evil to do it diligently; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters his evil desire. Thus they twist between them [the course of justice].

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