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.
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…

(16) Seven men.--A round number. (Comp. Proverbs 26:25; Proverbs 6:31; Proverbs 24:16.)

That can render a reason--i.e., give a sensible judgment on any matter submitted to them.

Verse 16. - The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit. The sluggard is here one who is too idle to think a matter out, and considers his own cursory view as sure to be right. He is one who deems study to be an unnecessary weariness of the flesh (Ecclesiastes 12:12), and flatters himself that he is quite able without it to give a satisfactory account of any question presented to him. Than seven men that can render a reason. "Seven" is the number of completeness (comp. Proverbs 6:31; Proverbs 9:1; Proverbs 24:16). The idle fool sets more value by his own judgment than by the sense of any number of wise men. Revised Version margin, "that can answer discreetly," is perhaps nearer the Hebrew, which implies the being able to return a wise and proper answer to anything asked of them. The LXX. reading a little differently, renders, "Wiser seems a sluggard to himself than one who in satiety (ἐν πλησμονῇ) brings back a message." This is explained to mean that a sluggard thinks himself wise in not helping a neighbour with an errand or a message, though he would have probably been repaid with a good dinner for his kindness. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit,.... It is a sort of a solecism, a kind of a contradiction in terms for a sluggard to be wise, who is so slothful as to make no use of the means of getting wisdom and knowledge. And it must be a mere conceit in him that he is wise, and especially that he is wiser

than seven men that can render a reason; not alluding to the number of a king's counsellors, who return him an answer to what he inquires of them, as Aben Ezra thinks; such as were the "seven" princes of the king of Persia, Esther 1:14. Since to have such an exact number might not obtain in Solomon's time, either in Persia, or in his own court, or elsewhere: but it signifies a large number, many wise men, as Gersom observes, that render a reason to everyone that asks it of them; who, having been diligent and industrious, have got such a competency of knowledge, that they are able to give a proper reason of what they say, believe, or do: and such are they, who, by the blessing of grace in the use of means, are wise in a spiritual sense; know themselves, and Christ Jesus, and the way of salvation by him; have an understanding of the Scriptures, and of the doctrines of the Gospel; have their spiritual senses exercised, to discern between truth and error; are of established judgments, and capable of teaching others good judgment and knowledge; and of giving a reason of their faith, hope, and practice; see 1 Peter 3:15. Now such is the conceit of an ignorant sluggard, that he is wiser than ten thousand or ever so many of these; he thinks himself the wisest man, inasmuch as he enjoys ease and quiet in his stupid sottish way, while they are toiling and labouring, and taking a great deal of pains to get knowledge; and that he sleeps in a whole skin, and escapes the censure and reproaches of men, which they endure for being precise in religious duties, and constant in the performance of them; and fancies he can get to heaven in an easier way, without all this care and toil and trouble, only by saying, Lord, have mercy on me, at last. 16. The thoughtless being ignorant of their ignorance are conceited.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.
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