Proverbs 26:16
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New International Version
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.

New Living Translation
Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

English Standard Version
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

New American Standard Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

King James Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In his own eyes, a slacker is wiser than seven men who can answer sensibly.

International Standard Version
The lazy person is wiser in his own opinion than seven men who can give an appropriate response.

NET Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation than seven people who respond with good sense.

New Heart English Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lazy one is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who make sense.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A lazy person thinks he is wiser than seven people who give a sensible answer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men that give wise answer.

New American Standard 1977
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
            Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can give him counsel.

King James 2000 Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men that can answer reasonably.

American King James Version
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

American Standard Version
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit Than seven men that can render a reason.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, than seven men that speak sentences.

Darby Bible Translation
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly.

English Revised Version
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

World English Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.

Young's Literal Translation
Wiser is the slothful in his own eyes, Than seven men returning a reason.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
26:2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. 3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. 4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. 10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. 11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2Pe 2:22. 12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. 13. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. 14. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. 15. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. 16. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. 17. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. 18,19. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. 20-22. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. 23. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
15The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again. 16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer. 17Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

Proverbs 27:11
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.
Treasury of Scripture

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to …

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

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