Proverbs 28:5
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New International Version
Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

New Living Translation
Evil people don't understand justice, but those who follow the LORD understand completely.

English Standard Version
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

New American Standard Bible
Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.

King James Bible
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand everything.

International Standard Version
Evil men don't understand justice, but whoever seeks the LORD understands it all.

NET Bible
Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it all.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Evil men do not understand judgment, and they that seek Lord Jehovah know all good things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand everything.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Evil men do not understand judgment, but those that seek the LORD understand all things.

King James 2000 Bible
Evil men understand not justice: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

American King James Version
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

American Standard Version
Evil men understand not justice; But they that seek Jehovah understand all things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Evil men think not on judgment: but they that seek after the Lord, take notice of all things.

Darby Bible Translation
Evil men understand not judgment; but they that seek Jehovah understand everything.

English Revised Version
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Webster's Bible Translation
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

World English Bible
Evil men don't understand justice; but those who seek Yahweh understand it fully.

Young's Literal Translation
Evil men understand not judgment, And those seeking Jehovah understand all.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Evil men understand not judgment; or, what is right. An evil man's moral conception is perverted, he cannot distinguish between right and wrong; the light that was in him has become darkness (comp. Proverbs 29:7). Many men, by giving themselves over to wickedness, awe judicially blinded, according to John 12:89, 40. They who seek the Lord understand all things. These who do God's will, seeking him in prayer, know what is morally right is every circumstance, have a right judgment in all things (comp. Ecclesiastes 8:5; 1 Corinthians 2:15). So 1 John 2:20, "Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things;" and our Lord has (declared, "If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine" (John 7:17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Evil men understand not judgment,.... Or, "men of wickedness" (b); that are under the governing power of it; who are given up and give up themselves unto it; who, like Ahab, sell themselves to work wickedness: these know not what is just and right between man and man, at least not to do it; they know it not practically; they are wise to do evil, but to do good have no knowledge, Jeremiah 4:22; they know not the law of God, the rule of judgment, justice, and equity; at least not the extensiveness and spirituality of it, Jeremiah 8:7; and much less the Gospel of Christ, which is sometimes so called, Isaiah 42:1. Nor do they notice, as they should, to the judgments of God in the earth; they do not consider his work, and the operation of his hand; the vengeance he takes on wicked men, so Jarchi interprets it; nor do they take any notice of the judgment to come, at which they must appear, and into which they will be brought, and all things done by them;

but they that seek the Lord understand all things; this character describes all good men that seek the Lord, in private and in public, that seek him by prayer and supplication, that wait upon him in the ordinances of his house; and all sensible sinners, who seek to Christ for righteousness, for rest, for life and salvation, for more grace from him, for more communion with him, for a greater degree of knowledge of him, and for immortality and eternal life, his kingdom and glory. And such "understand all things"; not in the most full and absolute sense; for this is proper and peculiar to God: nor all things natural and civil, which truly righteous persons, generally speaking, have the least share of, as arts, sciences, languages, trade and commerce in all its branches; and indeed universal knowledge of these things does not belong to anyone alan: nor all things in a religious sense; not all the difficult passages of Scripture, in which there are many things hard to be understood; but all things necessary to salvation; all things relating to their fallen, depraved, and miserable state and condition by nature, and to the way and means of their recovery and salvation by Christ; all things relating to a spiritual and saving knowledge of God in Christ; and to the knowledge of the person, offices, and grace of Christ; and to the work of the Spirit of God upon the heart; and of the doctrines of the Gospel, according to the measure of the gift of Christ, and so as to be food for their souls: and which understanding is given them, and they attain unto and increase in, by seeking the Lord, and using the means of knowledge, the word and ordinances; see 1 Corinthians 2:15. The Targum and Syriac version render it,

"that understand all good things;''

and so Aben Ezra interprets it: the Arabic version is, "they understand it in all things"; that is, judgment, justice, and equity, in all its branches, and practise it.

(b) "viri mali, (in genitivo casu)", Mercerus; "vel malitiae", Baynus, Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. (Compare Joh 7:17). Ignorance of moral truth is due to unwillingness to know it.

Proverbs 28:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with them. 5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things. 6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.…
Cross References
John 7:17
Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.

1 Corinthians 2:15
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,

1 John 2:20
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Psalm 92:6
Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,

Psalm 119:100
I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.

Proverbs 2:9
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path.

Isaiah 6:9
He said, "Go and tell this people: "'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'

Isaiah 44:18
They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
Treasury of Scripture

Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he opens not his mouth in the gate.

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Psalm 92:6 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand this.

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Mark 4:10-13 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

1 John 2:20,27 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things…

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