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.
Observe people who are good at their work--skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a back seat to anyone.
Do you see a man [who] excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown [men].
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure [men].
Do you see a person who is efficient in his work? He will serve kings. He will not serve unknown people.
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.*
22:29 Do you see a person skilled1970
sn The word translated “skilled” is general enough to apply to any crafts; but it may refer to a scribe or an official (R. N. Whybray, Proverbs [CBC], 134).
in his work?
He will take his position before kings;
he will not take his position1971
tn The verb form used twice here is יִתְיַצֵּב (yityatsev), the Hitpael imperfect of יָצַב (yatsav), which means “to set or station oneself; to take one’s stand” in this stem. With the form לִפְנֵי (life) it means “to present oneself before” someone; so here it has the idea of serving as a courtier in the presence of a king.
before obscure people.1972
sn The fifth saying affirms that true skill earns recognition and advancement (cf. Instruction of Amenemope, chap. 30, 27:16-17 [ANET 424]).