Proverbs 28:11
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New International Version
The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

New Living Translation
Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

English Standard Version
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

New American Standard Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

King James Bible
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

International Standard Version
The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.

NET Bible
A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.

New Heart English Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding sees through him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The rich man is wise in his own eyes and a poor intelligent one condemns him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a poor person with understanding sees right through him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him through.

New American Standard 1977
The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
            But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rich man is wise in his own conceit, but the poor that has understanding is wiser than he.

King James 2000 Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor that has understanding will find him out.

American King James Version
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding searches him out.

American Standard Version
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rich man seemeth to himself wise: but the poor man that is prudent shall search him out.

Darby Bible Translation
A rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

English Revised Version
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Webster's Bible Translation
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor man that hath understanding searcheth him out.

World English Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding sees through him.

Young's Literal Translation
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, And the intelligent poor searcheth him.
Study Bible
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good. 11The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him. 12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Treasury of Scripture

The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding searches him out.

rich

Proverbs 18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in …

Proverbs 23:4 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.

Isaiah 10:13,14 For he said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my …

Ezekiel 28:3-5 Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can …

Luke 16:13,14 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, …

1 Corinthians 3:18,19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

his own conceit

Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can …

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

the poor

Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbor comes …

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse …

Job 32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Ecclesiastes 9:15-17 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered …

(11) The rich man is wise in his own conceit.--For the blinding effect of wealth comp. Revelation 3:17.

Verse 11. - The rich man is wise in his own conceit (comp. Proverbs 18:11). A rich man thinks so highly of his position, is so flattered by parasites, and deems himself placed so immeasurably above social inferiors, that he learns to consider himself possessed of other qualifications, even mental and intellectual gifts, with which wealth has no concern. This purse-proud arrogance which looks upon financial skill and sharpness in bargaining as true wisdom, is confined to no age or country. But the poor man that hath understanding searcheth him out (Proverbs 18:17). Wisdom is not to be bought with money. A poor man may be wise, his poverty probably making him a keener critic; and if he is brought into communication with this self-deluding plutocrat, he soon sees through him and recognizes his real value. Septuagint, "An intelligent poor man will condemn him." The rich man is wise in his own conceit,.... Ascribing his getting riches to his great sagacity, wisdom, and prudence; and being flattered with it by dependents on him;

but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out: a man of good understanding, whether in things natural, civil, moral, or spiritual, though poor, as a man may be poor and yet a wise man; such an one, when he comes into company with a rich man, wise in his own conceit, he soon by conversation with him finds him out to be a very foolish man, and exposes him as one; for riches are not always to men of understanding, or all that have them are not such; and better is a poor wise man than even a foolish king; see Ecclesiastes 9:11. 11. A poor but wise man can discover (and expose) the rich and self-conceited.28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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