Proverbs 20:27
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New International Version
The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one's inmost being.

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

Darby Bible Translation
Man's spirit is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the inner parts of the belly.

World English Bible
The spirit of man is Yahweh's lamp, searching all his innermost parts.

Young's Literal Translation
The breath of man is a lamp of Jehovah, Searching all the inner parts of the heart.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord - God has given to every man a mind, which he so enlightens by his own Spirit, that the man knows how to distinguish good from evil; and conscience, which springs from this, searches the inmost recesses of the soul.

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...

Library
Bread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Sluggard's Reproof
A Sermon (No. 2766) intended for reading on Lord's Day, February 16, 1902 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark on a Thursday Evening, during the Winter of 1859. "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." {cold: or, winter}-- Proverbs 20:4. Laziness is the crying sin of Eastern nations. I believe that the peculiar genius of the Anglo-Saxon character prevents our being, as a nation, guilty of that sin. Perhaps
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:11
For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

Proverbs 20:28
Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.

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