English Standard Version
The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
King James Bible
He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
American Standard Version
He that pleadeth his cause first'seemeth just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.
The just is first accuser of himself: his friend cometh, and shall search him.
English Revised Version
He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him out.
Webster's Bible Translation
He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him.
Proverbs 18:17 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
11 The possession of the righteous is his strong fort,
And is like a high wall in his imagination.
Line first equals Proverbs 10:15. משׂכּית from שׂכה, Chald. סכה(whence after Megilla 14a, יסכּה, she who looks), R. שׂך, cogn. זך, to pierce, to fix, means the image as a medal, and thus also intellectually: image (conception, and particularly the imagination) of the heart (Psalm 73:7), here the fancy, conceit; Fleischer compares (Arab.) tṣwwr, to imagine something to oneself, French se figurer. Translators from the lxx to Luther incorrectly think on שׂכך (סכך), to entertain; only the Venet. is correct in the rendering: ἐν φαντασίᾳ αὐτοῦ; better than Kimchi, who, after Ezra 8:12, thinks on the chamber where the riches delighted in are treasured, and where he fancies himself in the midst of his treasures as if surrounded by an inaccessible wall.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.
The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders.
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