|New International Version (© 2011)|
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
King James Bible
He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
American Standard Version
He that pleadeth his cause first'seemeth just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.
Young's Literal Translation
Righteous is the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him.
Proverbs 18:17 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that is first in his own cause - Any man may, in the first instance, make out a fair tale, because he has the choice of circumstances and arguments. But when the neighbor cometh and searcheth him, he examines all, dissects all, swears and cross-questions every witness, and brings out truth and fact.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 18:13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
2 Samuel 16:1-3 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled...
2 Samuel 19:24-27 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard...
Acts 24:5,6,12,13 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world...
Proverbs 18:17 Parallel CommentariesCase Cause Examines First Forward Judge Light Neighbor Neighbour Plead Pleadeth Pleads Present Puts Questions Right Righteous Searched Searcheth Seemeth Seems States True.Case Cause Examines First Forward Judge Light Neighbor Neighbour Plead Pleadeth Pleads Present Puts Questions Right Righteous Searched Searcheth Seemeth Seems States True.THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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