Pro 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. (KJV)
Pro 29:2 When the righteous become great, the people rejoice, but, when a lawless man beareth rule, a people sigh. (EB, Emphasized Bible by Rotherham)
Pro 29:2 When the upright have power, the people are glad; when an evil man is ruler, grief comes on the people. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)
Pro 29:2 When righteous people increase, the people of God rejoice, but when a wicked person rules, everybody groans. (GW, God’s Word transation)
Pro 29:2 When justice rules a nation, everyone is glad; when injustice rules, everyone groans.
The events of recent days surely illustrate the truth and wisdom of Proverbs 29:2.
There seems to be a shortage of righteous people.
Notice the cause/effect relationships presented in this verse:
(a) cause: when righteous people increase; (b) effect: the people of God rejoice.
(c) cause: when an evil man is ruler, (d) grief comes on the people.
What is the solution? There needs to be a vast increase in the number of righteous people. I think that one way to reach that goal is to win souls (Proverbs 11:30). We need to get more people reading, studying, and sharing the Bible with others.
For a list of other cause/effect relationship verses I have found in my own study of the Bible, see the extensive listing at Psalm 9:10 note in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, or Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible, or The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. I need to add Proverbs 29:2 to the list, I see. I had not noticed this cause/effect relationship verse in my studies before. This shows that anyone can learn something new every time they open their Bible and study it carefully.