Proverbs 18:17

“He that is first in his owne cause, seemeth iust; but his neighbour commeth and searcheth him.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

[He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
- King James Version

The first to plead his case {seems} right, {Until} another comes and examines him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that pleadeth his cause first `seemeth' just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The man who first puts his cause before the judge seems to be in the right; but then his neighbour comes and puts his cause in its true light.
- Basic English Bible

He that is first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
- Darby Bible

He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him.
- Webster's Bible

He who pleads his cause first seems right; until another comes and questions him.
- World English Bible

Righteous [is] the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him out.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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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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