Proverbs 14:10
New International Version
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.

New Living Translation
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.

English Standard Version
The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.

Berean Study Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares in its joy.

King James Bible
The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

New King James Version
The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

New American Standard Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

NASB 1995
The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

NASB 1977
The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

Amplified Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness, And no stranger shares its joy.

Christian Standard Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness, and no outsider shares in its joy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness, and no outsider shares in its joy.

American Standard Version
The heart knoweth its own bitterness; And a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fools commit sins and upright children are willing.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If a man's mind is intelligent, his soul is sorrowful; and when he rejoices, he has no fellowship with pride.

Contemporary English Version
No one else can really know how sad or happy you are.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart that knoweth the bitterness of his own soul, in his joy the stranger shall not intermeddle.

English Revised Version
The heart knoweth its own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.

Good News Translation
Your joy is your own; your bitterness is your own. No one can share them with you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger can share its joy.

International Standard Version
The heart knows its own bitterness— an outsider cannot share in its joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The heart knoweth its own bitterness; And with its joy no stranger can intermeddle.

Literal Standard Version
The heart knows its own bitterness, "" And a stranger does not interfere with its joy.

NET Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness, and with its joy no one else can share.

New Heart English Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger.

World English Bible
The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart knoweth its own bitterness, And with its joy a stranger doth not intermeddle.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Wise Woman
9Fools mock the making of amends, but goodwill is found among the upright. 10The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares in its joy. 11The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 1:10
In her bitter distress, Hannah prayed to the LORD and wept with many tears.

Job 21:25
Yet another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, having never tasted prosperity.


Treasury of Scripture

The heart knows his own bitterness; and a stranger does not intermeddle with his joy.

heart

Proverbs 15:13
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 18:14
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

1 Samuel 1:10
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

his

Genesis 42:21
And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

and

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

John 14:18,23
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.









(10) The heart knoweth his own bitterness . . .--None Can perfectly sympathise with the sorrows or joys of others, except the ideal Son of Man, who came to "bear our griefs and carry our sorrows" (comp. Hebrews 4:15), yet could join in the marriage feast at Cana.

Verse 10. - The heart knoweth its own bitterness; literally, the heart (leb) knoweth the bitterness of his soul (nephesh). Neither our joys nor our sorrows can be wholly shared with another; no person stands in such intimate relation to us, or can put himself so entirely in our place, as to feel that which we feel. There is many a dark spot, many a grief, of which our best friend knows nothing; the skeleton is locked in the cupboard, and no one has the key but ourselves. But we can turn with confidence to the God-Man, Jesus, who knows our frame, who wept human tears, and bore our sorrows, and was in all points tempted like as we are, and who has taken his human experience with him into heaven. A stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy. The contrast is between the heart's sorrow and its joy; both alike in their entirety are beyond the ken of strangers. St. Gregory remarks on this passage ('Moral.,' 6:23), "The human mind 'knoweth its own soul's bitterness' when, inflamed with aspirations after the eternal land, it learns by weeping the sorrowfulness of its pilgrimage. But 'the stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy,' in that he, that is now a stranger to the grief of compunction, is not then a partaker in the joy of consolation." A homely proverb says, "No one knows where the shoe pinches so well as he that wears it;" and an Italian maxim runs, "Ad ognuno par piu grave la croce sua" - "To every one his own cross seems heaviest." Septuagint, "The heart of man is sensitive (αἰσθητική), his soul is sorrowful; but when it rejoices, it has no intermingling of insolence;" i.e. when a man's mind is sensitive it is easily depressed by grief; but when it is elated by joy, it should receive its pleasure and relief without arrogance and ribaldry.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The heart
לֵ֗ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

knows
י֭וֹדֵעַ (yō·w·ḏê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

its own
נַפְשׁ֑וֹ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

bitterness,
מָרַּ֣ת (mār·raṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4751: Bitter, bitterness, bitterly

and no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

stranger
זָֽר׃ (zār)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery

shares
יִתְעָ֥רַב (yiṯ·‘ā·raḇ)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6148: To braid, intermix, technically, to traffic, give to be security

in its joy.
וּ֝בְשִׂמְחָת֗וֹ (ū·ḇə·śim·ḥā·ṯōw)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8057: Blithesomeness, glee


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