Proverbs 15:3
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New International Version
The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

New Living Translation
The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

English Standard Version
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

New American Standard Bible
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.

King James Bible
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.

International Standard Version
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, observing both the evil and the good.

NET Bible
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on those who are evil and those who are good.

New Heart English Bible
The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The eyes of Lord Jehovah are in every place, gazing on the good and on the evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The eyes of the LORD are everywhere. They watch evil people and good people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

New American Standard 1977
The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
            Watching the evil and the good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding those who are evil and those who are good.

King James 2000 Bible
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

American King James Version
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

American Standard Version
The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The eyes of the Lord in every place behold the good and the evil.

Darby Bible Translation
The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

English Revised Version
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

Webster's Bible Translation
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

World English Bible
Yahweh's eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Young's Literal Translation
In every place are the eyes of Jehovah, Watching the evil and the good.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. 3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. 4A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.…
Cross References
Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

2 Chronicles 16:9
"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars."

Job 28:24
"For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens.

Job 31:4
"Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?

Job 34:21
"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.

Proverbs 5:21
For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.

Proverbs 15:4
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

Jeremiah 16:17
"For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes.

Zechariah 4:10
"For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel-- these are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth."
Treasury of Scripture

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders …

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth…

Job 34:21,22 For his eyes are on the ways of man, and he sees all his goings…

Jeremiah 16:17 For my eyes are on all their ways: they are not hid from my face, …

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? said …

Jeremiah 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for your eyes are open on all …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

(3) Beholding the evil and the good.--Waiting till the iniquity of the one is full (Genesis 15:16), watching to aid the other (Psalm 34:15; Psalm 34:17).

Verse 3. - The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding - keeping watch on - the evil and the good. The omnipresence and omniscience of Jehovah, the covenant God, is strongly insisted upon, and the sacred name recurs continually in this and the next chapter, and indeed throughout this Book of the Proverbs (see Wordsworth, in loc.). The LXX. renders the verb σκοπεύοιυσι "are watching," as from a tower or high place. To the usual references we may add Ecclus. 15:18, 19 Ecclus. 23:19, 20. Corn. a Lapide quotes Prudentius's hymn, used in the Latin Church at Thursday Lauds -

"Speculator adstat desuper,
Qui nos diebus omnibus
Actusque nostros prospicit
A luce prima in vesperum."


"For God our Maker, ever nigh,
Surveys us with a watchful eye;
Our every thought and act he knows,
From early dawn to daylight's close."
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,.... Which are expressive of his omniscience, of the full, clear, distinct, and perfect knowledge, which he has of all creatures and things; so that nothing is hid from him, but all open and manifest to him; as they are to Christ the essential Word, Hebrews 4:13; and also of the providence of God with respect to all persons in general, and to his own people in particular; and as he is infinite and immense, omnipresent and in all places of the world, so his omniscience and providence reach everywhere, to places most distant and secret, and to persons in them, who cannot be concealed from him, since he fills heaven and earth, Jeremiah 23:23;

beholding the evil and the good; meaning not evil things and good things, though that is true; the one he beholds with dislike, the other with pleasure; but evil men and good men: he beholds them as from a watch tower, as the word (u) signifies, from above, from heaven, where he is; see Psalm 33:13. By "evil" men may be meant both profane sinners and carnal professors; such as are more openly wicked, and declare their sin, as Sodom, or more secretly so; he sees into all the wickedness there is in their hearts, all their secret devices against his people; the works done by them in the dark, as well as their more open ones; and his eyes are upon all of them, to bring them into judgment at the last day: his eyes are particularly on the proud, to abase them; such as are under a disguise of religion, and have a form of godliness, he has his eyes upon; he sees through all their disguises; he knows on what foot they took up their profession; he discerns between that and true grace; he sees how they retain their lusts with their profession; observes the springs and progress of their apostasy; and will fix his eyes on the man without a righteousness, not having on the wedding garment, and order him into outer darkness. He also beholds "good" men; he sees all their bad things, their sins, and corrects them for them; their good things, their graces, and the exercise of them; their good works, the fruits of his own grace; their weaknesses, and supports and strengthens them; their wants, and supplies them; their persons, and never withdraws his eyes from them: these are on them continually, to protect and defend them; nor will he leave them till he has brought them safe to heaven; see 1 Chronicles 16:9.

(u) "prospectantes velut a specula", Michaelis; "speculatores", Schultens; "speculantes", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "speculatur", Cocceius. 3. beholding—watching (compare Pr 5:21; Ps 66:7).15:3. Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under God's eye. This speaks comfort to saints, and terror to sinners. 4. A good tongue is healing to wounded consciences, by comforting them; to sin-sick souls, by convincing them; and it reconciles parties at variance. 5. If instruction is despised, reprove men rather than suffer them to go on undisturbed in the way to ruin. 6. The wealth of worldly men increases their fears and suspicions, adds strength to their passions, and renders the fear of death more distressing. 7. We use knowledge aright when we disperse it; but the heart of the foolish has nothing to disperse that is good. 8,9. The wicked put other things in the stead of Christ's atonement, or in the place of holy obedience. Praying graces are his gift, and the work of his Spirit, with which he is well pleased. 10. He that hates reproof shall perish in his sins, since he would not be parted from them.
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