Proverbs 19:3
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New International Version
A person's own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.

New Living Translation
People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.

English Standard Version
When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the LORD.

King James Bible
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man's own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

International Standard Version
A man's foolishness ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

NET Bible
A person's folly subverts his way, and his heart rages against the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The madness of a man perverts his ways and he is enraged in his heart against Lord Jehovah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The stupidity of a person turns his life upside down, and his heart rages against the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The foolishness of man perverts his way, and his heart is wroth against the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.

American King James Version
The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.

American Standard Version
The foolishness of man subverteth his way; And his heart fretteth against Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The folly of a man supplanteth his seeps: and he fretteth in his mind against God.

Darby Bible Translation
The folly of man distorteth his way, and his heart is irritated against Jehovah.

English Revised Version
The foolishness of man subverteth his way; and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

World English Bible
The foolishness of man subverts his way; his heart rages against Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
The folly of man perverteth his way, And against Jehovah is his heart wroth.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:3. Men run into troubles by their own folly, and then fret at the appointments of God. 4. Here we may see how strong is men's love of money. 5. Those that tell lies in discourse, are in a fair way to be guilty of bearing false-witness. 6. We are without excuse if we do not love God with all our hearts. His gifts to us are past number, and all the gifts of men to us are fruits of his bounty. 7. Christ was left by all his disciples; but the Father was with him. It encourages our faith that he had so large an experience of the sorrows of poverty. 8. Those only love their souls aright that get true wisdom. 9. Lying is a damning, destroying sin. 10. A man that has not wisdom and grace, has no right or title to true joy. It is very unseemly for one who is a servant to sin, to oppress God's free-men.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - The foolishness of man perverteth his way; rather, overturns, turns from the right direction and causes a man to fall (Proverbs 13:6). It is his own folly that leads him to his ruin; but he will not see this, and blames the providence of God. And his heart fretteth against the Lord. Septuagint, "He accuseth God in his heart" (comp. Ezekiel 18:25, 29; Ezekiel 33:17, 20). Ecclus 15:11, etc., "Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I foil away; for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth. Say not thou, He has caused me to err; for he hath no need of the sinful man," etc. The latter part of this important passage St. Augustine quotes thus: "Item apud Salomonem: Deus ab initio constituit hominem et reliquit eum in manu consilii sui: adjecit ei mandata et praecepta; si voles praecepta servare, servabunt te, et in posterum fidem placitam facere. Apposuit tibi aquam et ignem, ad quod vis porrige manum tuam. Ante hominem bonum et malum, vita et mors, paupertas et honestas a Domino Deo sunt" ('De Per. Just. Hom.,' cap. 19, § 41). And again, "Manifestum est, quod si ad ignem manum mittit, et malum ac mors ei placet, id votuntas hominis operatur; si autem bonum et vitam diligit, non solum voluntas id agit, sed divinitus adjuvatur" ('De Gest. Pelag.,' cap. 3, § 7). Homer, 'Od.,' 1:32, etc. -

"Perverse mankind! whose wills, created free,
Charge all their woes on absolute decree;
All to the dooming gods their guilt translate,
And follies are miscalled the crimes of fate."


(Pope.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The foolishness of man perverteth his way,.... The sinfulness of his heart and nature; the folly which is bound up in it causes him to go astray out of the way in which he should go, or makes things go cross with him; so that the ways he takes do not prosper, nor his schemes succeed; but everything goes against him, and he is brought into straits and difficulties;

and his heart fretteth against the Lord; laying all the blame on him; and ascribing his ill success, not to his own sin and folly, but to divine Providence, which works against him; and therefore frets and murmurs at him; and, instead of charging his own ways with folly, charges the ways of God with inequality; see Ezekiel 18:25.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. perverteth … way—turns him back from right (Pr 13:6; Jas 1:13); and he blames God for his failures.

Proverbs 19:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
2Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs. 3The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the LORD. 4Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:3
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Isaiah 8:21
Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.

Isaiah 32:6
For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.
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The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.

foolishness

Genesis 3:6-12 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that …

Genesis 4:5-14 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was …

Numbers 16:19-41 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them to the door …

Numbers 17:12,13 And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, …

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept …

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as …

1 Samuel 22:13 And Saul said to him, Why have you conspired against me, you and …

1 Kings 20:42,43 And he said to him, Thus said the LORD, Because you have let go out …

2 Kings 3:9,10 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of …

2 Kings 6:33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down …

2 Chronicles 16:9,10 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth…

Acts 13:45,46 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

fretteth

Psalm 37:1,7 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

Isaiah 8:21,22 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it …

Revelation 16:9-11 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of …

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