Proverbs 14:10

“The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The heart knoweth his owne bitternesse; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his ioy.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The heart knoweth its own bitterness; And a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.
- American Standard Version (1901)

No one has knowledge of a man's grief but himself; and a strange person has no part in his joy.
- Basic English Bible

The heart knoweth its own bitterness, and a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.
- Darby Bible

The heart knoweth its own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.
- Webster's Bible

The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger.
- World English Bible

The heart knoweth its own bitterness, And with its joy a stranger doth not intermeddle.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The heart knoweth its own bitterness; and with its joy no stranger can intermeddle.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 14:10


14:10 Bitterness - The inward griefs and joys of mens hearts, are not known to any but a man's self.


Discussion for Proverbs 14

  • Jerry
    "The backslider in heart..." for all have sinned...you won't "QUIT" sinning til the day you die! So in this sense, we all backslid to a certain extend! But we shouldn't stay here in a backslidden condition too long... we should just confess our sins and get right with the Lord.
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 14: "Backslider", better rendered, "hypocrite, deceiver, pretender", may say the right things to appear to be something he isn't, is ruled by the senses, therefore will reap what is truly inside produced by his own wicked imagination. The "good man", ie. the person ruled by the Holy Spirit, will bring forth the good things which his own imagination produces. Matt.12:35
  • Steve
    We are living in the Church age so we are saved by Paul's Gospel 1Corinthians 15: 1-4 The old testament saints were not saved the same way we are because JESUS had not died yet. When they died they went to Abrahams bosom because they could not go to heaven yet because the blood of bulls and goats could not pay for their sin. It was not until JESUS died on the cross that all our sin was paid
  • Irene123
    To Brianna - I really liked that - don't believe everything one hears about God and His Word, but search it out - Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11. Something else interesting here: Jesus wasn't talking about the N.T. scriptures because they weren't written then; He referred to the O.T. Jesus and salvation are all thru the Old; that's what the old was all about.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 15
    The practical wisdom found in the Bible truly surpasses human thinking. This verse can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. There are so many religions and teachings, and sometimes people never research. However, this verse tells us not to believe everything we hear. Rather, THINK and research to make sure it is true.
  • Phakamani Ngema for verse 12
    This verse is based on Christians decision making, there are decisions a man does he she may think it is good but at the end he she will find hm self in danger.

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