Proverbs 24:12
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New International Version
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?

New Living Translation
Don't excuse yourself by saying, "Look, we didn't know." For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

English Standard Version
If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

New American Standard Bible
If you say, "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?

King James Bible
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you say, "But we didn't know about this," won't He who weighs hearts consider it? Won't He who protects your life know? Won't He repay a person according to his work?

International Standard Version
If you say, "Look here, we didn't know about this," doesn't God, who examines motives, discern it? Doesn't the one who guards your soul know about it? Won't he repay each person according to what he has done?

NET Bible
If you say, "But we did not know about this," does not the one who evaluates hearts consider? Does not the one who guards your life know? Will he not repay each person according to his deeds?

New Heart English Bible
If you say, "Look, we did not know this;" doesn't he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn't he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you say, “I did not know it”, know that God examines the thought of the heart, and he who keeps your soul knows, and rewards a son of man according to his works.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you say, "We didn't know this," won't the one who weighs hearts take note of it? Won't the one who guards your soul know it? Won't he pay back people for what they do?

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou sayest: 'Behold, we knew not this', Doth not He that weigheth the hearts consider it? And He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? And shall not He render to every man according to his works?

New American Standard 1977
If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
            Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
            And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
            And will He not render to man according to his work?

Jubilee Bible 2000
if thou should say, Behold, we knew it not; shall not he that weighs the hearts understand it? and he that keeps thy soul, does he not know it? and shall he not render to every man according to his works?

King James 2000 Bible
If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that weighs the heart consider it? and he that keeps your soul, does not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

American King James Version
If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that ponders the heart consider it? and he that keeps your soul, does not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

American Standard Version
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew not this; Doth not he that weigheth the hearts consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his work?

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou say: I have not strength enough: he that seeth into the heart, he understandeth, and nothing deceiveth the keeper of thy soul, end he shall render to a man according to his works.

Darby Bible Translation
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not, will not he that weigheth the hearts consider it? And he that preserveth thy soul, he knoweth it; and he rendereth to man according to his work.

English Revised Version
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew not this: doth not he that weigheth the hearts consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his work?

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and will not he render to every man according to his works?

World English Bible
If you say, "Behold, we didn't know this;" doesn't he who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, doesn't he know it? Shall he not render to every man according to his work?

Young's Literal Translation
When thou sayest, 'Lo, we knew not this.' Is not the Ponderer of hearts He who understandeth? And the Keeper of thy soul He who knoweth? And He hath rendered to man according to his work.
Study Bible
Don’t Be Envious of Evil Men
11Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. 12If you say, "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work? 13My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;…
Cross References
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man will come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done.

Romans 2:6
God "will repay each one according to his deeds."

1 Samuel 2:3
"Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Job 34:11
"For He pays a man according to his work, And makes him find it according to his way.

Psalm 94:9
He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?

Psalm 121:3
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.

Proverbs 12:14
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.

Proverbs 21:2
Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.

Ecclesiastes 5:8
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.
Treasury of Scripture

If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that ponders the heart consider it? and he that keeps your soul, does not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

doth he not

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

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.

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

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish …

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

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

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

Revelation 2:18,23 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said …

that keepeth

1 Samuel 2:6 The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up.

1 Samuel 25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue you, and to seek your soul…

Psalm 66:9 Which holds our soul in life, and suffers not our feet to be moved.

Psalm 121:3,8 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber…

Daniel 5:23 But have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they …

Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also …

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

and shall

Job 34:11 For the work of a man shall he render to him, and cause every man …

Psalm 62:12 Also to you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according …

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

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his …

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

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

Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books …

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every …

(12) If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not.--Man being too much inclined to answer after the manner of Cain (Genesis 4:9), "Am I my brother's keeper?" when he might give aid to those who need it.

Verse 12. - If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not. The disciple of Wisdom may excuse himself from making any effort for the prisoners' release, by saying he had not heard of the case. St. Jerome makes the excuse to be inability, vires non suppetunt. The LXX. makes it a personal matter, ignoring the plural form of the previous paragraph. "I know him not, he is no friend of mine; why should I trouble myself about him?" Such a selfish person, like the priest and Levite in the parable, would "pass by on the other side." Doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? God knows the truth - knows that the excuse is vain; for he is the Weigher and Searcher of hearts (Proverbs 16:2; Proverbs 21:2). Cain's plea, "Am I my brother's keeper?" is unavailable; the law of love is limited by no circumstances. He that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? The expression, "keeping the soul," may be equivalent to "preserving the life;" but it more probably means watching, observing, the inmost secrets of the nature (Job 7:20). The verb used is נָצַר (natsar), which has both significations. The sense of "forming." which some give it, seems not allowable. (For "heart" (leb) and "soul" (nephesh), see note on Proverbs 2:10.) Shall not he render to every man according to his works? Knowing the heart and the motive, God deals out retributive justice (Proverbs 12:14; Psalm 62:12; Romans 2:6). Septuagint, "But if thou say, I know not this man, know that the Lord knoweth the hearts of air; and he who formed (πλάσας) breath for all, himself knoweth all things, who rendereth to every man according to his works." If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not,.... The danger the person was in; or the innocency of his cause; or what method to take to deliver him; or that it was in our power to do anything for him; so the Vulgate Latin version, "if thou sayest, strength is not sufficient": or "we knew him not" (k), who he was or what he was; had no knowledge of him, or acquaintance with him, and so did not think ourselves under any obligation to regard his case; such excuses will not do;

doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? he that searches the heart and tries it, and weighs every thought of it, and excuse it makes, considers and understands whether it is a mere excuse or not; though such excuses may appear plausible to men, yet to God that knows the heart they are of no avail; for he knows it to be a mere shift, and that it was unwillingness to help the distressed, and a neglect of their case; and that all that is said on their own behalf is a vain pretence;

and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? he that upholds it in life, and whose visitation preserves it, and therefore should be careful of the life of another; and if not, may justly fear the Lord will withdraw his care and preservation of them; he knows perfectly well what regard a man has to the welfare of another, or to the preservation of another man's life when in danger; and whether what he says on his own behalf is well founded: or "he that observeth thy soul" (l); all the inward motions of it, the thoughts, affections, purposes, and inclinations; he knows whether what is said is true or not;

and shall not he render to every man according to his works? and behave towards him according to the law of retaliation; the same measure he measures to others, he will measure to him again; and who having shown no mercy in saving the lives of others, when he could have done it, shall have judgment executed on him without mercy, when he is in distress.

(k) , , Sept. "non noverimus istum", Gejerus; "non novimus hunc", Pagninus, Montanus, Michaelis. (l) "et qui observat animam tuam", Michaelis, Schultens; "observator animae tuae", Tigurine version, Gejerus. 24:1,2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! 3-6. Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. 7-9. A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. 10. Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good courage, and God shall strengthen thy heart. 11,12. If a man know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and example may be the means of preventing it? 13,14. We are quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto salvation. 15,16. The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin.
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