Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
He will maintain his cause in judgment.

King James Version

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Holman Bible

Good will come to a man who lends generously
and conducts his business fairly.

International Standard Version

It is good for the person who lends generously, conducting his affairs with fairness.

A Conservative Version

It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He shall maintain his cause in judgment,

American Standard Version

Well is it with the man that dealeth graciously and lendeth; He shall maintain his cause in judgment.


It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
He conducts his affairs with justice.

Bible in Basic English

All is well for the man who is kind and gives freely to others; he will make good his cause when he is judged.

Darby Translation

It is well with the man that is gracious and lendeth; he will sustain his cause in judgment.

Julia Smith Translation

A good man, being merciful and lending: he will hold up his words in judgment;

King James 2000

A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[It goes] well [for] a man [who] is gracious and lends, [who] conducts his {business properly}.

Modern King James verseion

A good man shows favor, and lends; he will guide his business with fairness.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A good man is merciful, and lendeth gladly, and pondereth his words with discretion.

NET Bible

It goes well for the one who generously lends money, and conducts his business honestly.

New Heart English Bible

It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.

The Emphasized Bible

Well for a man showing favour and lending! He shall sustain his affairs with justice.


A good man showeth favor, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

World English Bible

It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends. He will maintain his cause in judgment.

Youngs Literal Translation

Good is the man -- gracious and lending, He sustaineth his matters in judgment.


Root Form
Usage: 692

and lendeth
Usage: 26

he will guide
Usage: 38

Usage: 1438



Context Readings

The Path Of The Righteous And The Path Of The Wicked

4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright;
He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
6 For he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.

Cross References

Deuteronomy 15:7-10

“If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother;

Job 31:16-20

“If I have kept the poor from their desire,
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Psalm 37:21

The wicked borrows and does not pay back,
But the righteous is gracious and gives.

Psalm 37:25-26

I have been young and now I am old,
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or his descendants begging bread.

Proverbs 2:20

So you will walk in the way of good men
And keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 12:2

A good man will obtain favor from the Lord,
But He will condemn a man who devises evil.

Proverbs 17:18

A man lacking in sense pledges
And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.

Proverbs 18:9

He also who is slack in his work
Is brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 22:26-27

Do not be among those who give pledges,
Among those who become guarantors for debts.

Proverbs 24:27

Prepare your work outside
And make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.

Proverbs 24:30-34

I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,

Proverbs 27:23-27

Know well the condition of your flocks,
And pay attention to your herds;

Luke 6:35

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Luke 23:50

And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man

John 6:12

When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.”

Acts 11:24

for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.

Romans 5:7

For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

Romans 12:11

not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

Ephesians 5:15

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,

Philippians 1:9

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,

Colossians 4:5

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

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