Proverbs 21:2
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New International Version
A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.

New Living Translation
People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.

English Standard Version
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.

New American Standard Bible
Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.

King James Bible
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD evaluates the motives.

International Standard Version
Every man's lifestyle is proper in his own view, but the LORD weighs the heart.

NET Bible
All of a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, but the LORD evaluates the motives.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All the ways of a man are right in his own eyes, and Lord Jehovah sets the heart in order.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person thinks everything he does is right, but the LORD weighs hearts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD weighs the hearts.

King James 2000 Bible
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD weighs the hearts.

American King James Version
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.

American Standard Version
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the hearts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Every way of a man seemeth right to himself: but the Lord weigheth the hearts.

Darby Bible Translation
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but Jehovah weigheth the hearts.

English Revised Version
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD weigheth the hearts.

Webster's Bible Translation
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

World English Bible
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but Yahweh weighs the hearts.

Young's Literal Translation
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering hearts.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:1 The believer, perceiving that the Lord rules every heart as he sees fit, like the husbandman who turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, seeks to have his own heart, and the hearts of others, directed in his faith, fear, and love. 2. We are partial in judging ourselves and our actions. 3. Many deceive themselves with a conceit that outward devotions will excuse unrighteousness. 4. Sin is the pride, the ambition, the glory, the joy, and the business of wicked men. 5. The really diligent employ foresight as well as labour. 6. While men seek wealth by unlawful practices, they seek death. 7. Injustice will return upon the sinner, and will destroy him here and for ever. 8. The way of mankind by nature is froward and strange.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - This is similar to Proverbs 16:2 (where see note. Comp. also Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25; Proverbs 20:24). See here a warning against self-deception and that silly self-complacency which thinks its own ways the best. Septuagint, "Every man appears to himself righteous, but the Lord directs the hearts."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,.... This is repeated, from Proverbs 16:2; for the confirmation of it; and that it might be observed and taken notice of, and men be brought under a conviction of it; which is not easily done, it being what affects all men: every man is conceited of himself and his own way, and is not easily persuaded off of it; his sinful ways are agreeable to him promising him pleasure, profit, or honour; and his self-righteous ways suit with the vain opinion he has of himself, whereby he promises himself eternal life and happiness. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it to this sense,

"every man seems righteous to himself;''

but the Lord pondereth the hearts: weighs them in the balance of righteousness and truth; considers them, having a perfect knowledge of them, and all the springs of action in them; and knows that every way of man is not right, though they may seem so to him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. (Compare Pr 14:2; 16:2-25).

Proverbs 21:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
1The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. 2Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. 3To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.…
Cross References
Luke 16:15
He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight.

Proverbs 12:15
The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Proverbs 16:2
All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Proverbs 24:12
If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
Treasury of Scripture

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.

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Proverbs 16:2,25 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs …

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful …

Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is …

Psalm 36:2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found …

Luke 18:11,12 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, …

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he …

James 1:22 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

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Proverbs 24:12 If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that ponders the …

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before …

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men…

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

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