Proverbs 3:7
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New International Version
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

New Living Translation
Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

English Standard Version
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

King James Bible
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't consider yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

International Standard Version
Do not be wise in your own opinion. Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

NET Bible
Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be wise in your own eyes but be in awe of Lord Jehovah and depart from evil

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not consider yourself wise. Fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

American King James Version
Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

American Standard Version
Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil:

Darby Bible Translation
Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:

English Revised Version
Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil:

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not wise in thy own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

World English Bible
Don't be wise in your own eyes. Fear Yahweh, and depart from evil.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not wise in thine own eyes, Fear Jehovah, and turn aside from evil.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:7-12 There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom. The prudence and sobriety which religion teaches, tend not only to the health of the soul, but to the health of the body. Worldly wealth is but poor substance, yet, such as it is, we must honour God with it; and those that do good with what they have, shall have more to do more good with. Should the Lord visit us with trials and sickness, let us not forget that the exhortation speaks to us as to children, for our good. We must not faint under an affliction, be it ever so heavy and long, not be driven to despair, or use wrong means for relief. The father corrects the son whom he loves, because he loves him, and desires that he may be wise and good. Afflictions are so far from doing God's children any hurt, that, by the grace of God, they promote their holiness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Be not wise in thine own eyes. This admonition carries on the thought from the preceding verses (5, 6), approaching it from a different direction. It is a protest against self-sufficiency, self-conceit, and self-reliance. It says, in effect, "Trust in the Lord, do not trust in yourself." Wisdom, as Michaelis remarks, is to trust in God; to trust in yourself and in your own wisdom is unwisdom. God denounces this spirit: "Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:21), because such a spirit leads to the prohibited self-dependence, and is inconsistent with "the tear of the Lord." The precept of the text is reiterated by St. Paul, especially in Romans 12:16, "Be not wise in your own conceits" (cf. 1 Corinthians 8:8; Galatians 6:3). It commends humility. The diligent search for Wisdom is commanded. The great hindrance to all true wisdom is the thought that we have already attained it (Plumptre). In thine own eyes; i.e. in thine own estimation; arbitrio tuo (Trem. et Jun.). Fear the Lord, and depart from evil. The connection of this with the first part of the verse becomes clear upon reflection. "The fear of the Lord" is true wisdom (Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7). Fear the Lord, therefore, because it is the best corrective of one's own wisdom, which engenders arrogance, pride, presumption of mind, which, moreover, is deceptive and apt to lead to sin. The fear of the Lord has this other advantage - that it leads to the departure from evil (Proverbs 16:6) It is the mark of the wise man that he fears the Lord, and departs from evil (Proverbs 14:16). These precepts form the two elements of practical piety (Delitzsch), an eminent example of which as Job (Job 1:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Be not wise in thine own eyes,.... So as to act independently of God; not to trust in him, nor acknowledge him, nor seek to him for help and direction; nor ask nor take the advice of others; but, being conceited and self-sufficient, lean to thine own understanding, as being wise enough to conduct all affairs in life by thy own discretion; and in matters of religion wiser than thy teachers, and even than the Scriptures, being wise above that which is written; pleasing thyself with thine own wisdom, as exceeding others; glorying in it as thine own acquisition, and not ascribing it to God, so far as it any ways deserves the name of wisdom; though for the most part that which men glory in, and are conceited of, is not wisdom, but folly; and at least it is their folly to boast of it and be elated with it; see Isaiah 5:21, Romans 12:16;

fear the Lord; which is true wisdom; and, where this is not, there is none, let men be ever so conceited; and where this is there is humility; these two go together, and make a man wise, rich, and honourable, Proverbs 22:4. The fear of the Lord is opposed to pride, high-mindedness, and vain conceit, Romans 11:20; this includes reverence of God, faith in him, dependence on him, acknowledgment of him, seeking to him for direction, and carefulness not to offend him;

and depart from evil; from the evil of self-confidence and self-conceit, and from all other evil; the fear of God influences men to avoid sin, and abstain from all appearance of it; by means and through the exercise of it men forsake it, and keep at a distance from it, Proverbs 16:6. Nehemiah could not do as others did, because of the fear of the Lord; and Job was a man that feared God, and therefore he avoided that which was evil, Nehemiah 5:15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. (Compare Pr 27:2; Ro 12:16).

fear … evil—reverentially regarding His law.

Proverbs 3:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Trust in the Lord
6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.…
Cross References
Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Exodus 20:20
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."

2 Samuel 12:20
Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

Job 1:1
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 28:28
And he said to the human race, "The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding."

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 14:16
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Proverbs 16:6
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.

Proverbs 23:4
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

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

Isaiah 5:21
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
Treasury of Scripture

Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

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

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 …

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Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD …

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable …

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Psalm 34:11-14 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD…

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

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