Proverbs 18:1

“Through desire a man hauing separated himselfe, seeketh and intermedleth with all wisedome.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.
- King James Version

He who separates himself seeks {his own} desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that separateth himself seeketh `his own' desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who keeps himself separate for his private purpose goes against all good sense.
- Basic English Bible

He that separateth himself seeketh [his] pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.
- Darby Bible

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
- Webster's Bible

An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.
- World English Bible

For [an object of] desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, and snarlest against all sound wisdom.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 18:1


18:1 Desire - Thro' desire of wisdom, a man having separated himself from the company, and noise, and business of the world, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom, uses all diligence, that he may search and find out all solid knowledge and true wisdom.


Discussion for Proverbs 18

  • Bruce
    Finding a Wife May be a Little Hard. She Needs to be a Homemaker,Helps in The Church. Reads The Bible and Praying Daily. Watching Over Her Husband. The Husband Needs to do The Same for Her and More, Providing All Her Needs,Lifting Her Higher Then Himself, Lovin Her Like Christ Loved The Church. They Will Gladly Do for Each Other. Lifting One Another Higher. He Found a Wife.
  • Virda hall
    I do t understand verse 18 22
  • Obbie Beal
    V:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. AMEN!
  • BSP
    Verse 13 shows the important of making sure we have all the facts before we reply or react to a situation.
  • William Lambert
    So many scriptures refer to the desire. There are several ways of looking at this. Desire can be viewed as an object of ones affection or as an obstacle in reaching ones fulfillment. Too often the pleasures which are associated with desire are connected with the pain that a person may be experiencing.
  • Andrea
    I believe that what we say comes from our hearts. It's a heart matter! That may not be a good thing. It's time to clean out some of old stuff that keeps us drom speaking the right things!

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