Proverbs 20:27
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English Standard Version
The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts.

King James Bible
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

American Standard Version
The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, which searcheth all the hidden things of the bowels.

English Revised Version
The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the innermost parts of the belly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

21 An inheritance which in the beginning is obtained in haste,

     Its end will not be blessed.

The partic. מבחל may, after Zechariah 11:8, cf. Syr. bhlaa', nauseans, mean "detested," but that affords here no sense; rather it might be interpreted after the Arab. bajila, to be avaricious, "gotten by avarice, niggardliness," with which, however, neither נחלה, inheritance, nor, since avarice is a chronic disease, בּראשׁונה agrees. On the contrary, the Kerı̂ מבהלת [hastened] perfectly agrees, both linguistically (vid., Proverbs 28:22; cf. Proverbs 13:11) and actually; for, as Hitzig remarks, the words following Proverbs 20:20 fully harmonize with the idea of an inheritance, into the possession of which one is put before it is rightly due to him; for a son such as that, the parents may live too long, and so he violently deprives them of the possession (cf. Proverbs 19:26); but on such a possession there rests no blessing. Since the Piel may mean to hasten, Esther 2:9, so מבהל may mean hastened equals speedy, Esther 8:14, as well as made in haste. All the old interpreters adopt the Kerı̂; the Aram. render it well by מסרהבא, from מסרהב, overturned; and Luther, like Jerome, haereditas ad quam festinatur.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

spirit

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Romans 2:15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness...

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man...

2 Corinthians 4:2-6 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully...

1 John 3:19-21 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him...

candle or lamp

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

searching

Proverbs 20:30 The blueness of a wound cleans away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword...

Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:11
For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

Proverbs 20:28
Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.

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