Proverbs 28:11
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English Standard Version
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A similar antithetic distich:

Wicked men understand not what is right;

But they who seek Jahve understand all.

Regarding the gen. expression אנשׁי־רע, vid., under Proverbs 2:14. He who makes wickedness his element, falls into the confusion of the moral conception; but he whose end is the one living God, gains from that, in every situation of life, even amid the greatest difficulties, the knowledge of that which is morally right. Similarly the Apostle John (1 John 2:20): "ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things" (οἴδατε πάντα): i.e., ye need to seek that knowledge which ye require, and which ye long after, not without yourselves, but in the new divine foundation of your personal life; from thence all that ye need for the growth of your spiritual life, and for the turning away from you of hostile influences, will come into your consciences. It is a potential knowledge, all-comprehensive in its character, and obviously a human relative knowledge, that is here meant.

Proverbs 28:11 Parallel Commentaries

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rich

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

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 wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people...

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

Luke 16:13,14 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one...

1 Corinthians 3:18,19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise...

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...

his own conceit

Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

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, lest you should be wise in your own conceits...

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

the poor

Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbor comes and searches him.

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

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 the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man...

Cross References
Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

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

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

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