Proverbs 18:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

New Living Translation
The first to speak in court sounds right--until the cross-examination begins.

English Standard Version
The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

New American Standard Bible
The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

International Standard Version
The first to put forth his case seems right, until someone else steps forward and cross-examines him.

NET Bible
The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man is innocent in his own judgment, and when his neighbor comes, he examines him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The first to state his case seems right [until] his neighbor comes to cross-examine him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; But his neighbour cometh and searcheth him out.

New American Standard 1977
The first to plead his case seems just,
            Until another comes and examines him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The one who is just is first in his cause, his adversary comes and seeks him out.

King James 2000 Bible
He that speaks first in his own cause seems just; until his neighbor comes and examines him.

American King James Version
He that is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbor comes and searches him.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
The just is first accuser of himself: his friend cometh, and shall search him.

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

English Revised Version
He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him out.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
Righteous is the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him.
Study Bible
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
16A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men. 17The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him. 18The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.…
Word Study

He that is first
ri'shown  (ree-shone')
first, in place, time or rank (as adjective or noun) -- ancestor, (that were) before(-time), beginning, eldest, first, fore(-father) (-most), former (thing), of old time, past.

in his own cause
riyb  (reeb)
a contest (personal or legal) -- adversary, cause, chiding, contend(-tion), controversy, multitude (from the margin), pleading, strife, strive(-ing), suit.

seemeth just
tsaddiyq  (tsad-deek')
just -- just, lawful, righteous (man).

but his neighbour
rea`  (ray'-ah)
an associate (more or less close) -- brother, companion, fellow, friend, husband, lover, neighbour, (an-)other.

cometh
bow'  (bo)
to go or come (in a wide variety of applications)


bow'  (bo)
to go or come (in a wide variety of applications)

and searcheth
chaqar  (khaw-kar')
to penetrate; hence, to examine intimately -- find out, (make) search (out), seek (out), sound, try.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
18:17. It is well to listen to our enemies, that we may form a better judgment of ourselves. 18. It was customary sometimes to refer matters to God, by casting lots, with solemn prayer. The profaning the lot, by using it in matters of diversion, or coveting what belongs to others, forms an objection to this now.
Proverbs 18:16
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