Proverbs 20:6
New International Version
Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?

New Living Translation
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?

English Standard Version
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?

Berean Study Bible
Many a man proclaims his loving devotion, but who can find a trustworthy man?

King James Bible
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

New King James Version
Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?

New American Standard Bible
Many a person proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy person?

NASB 1995
Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?

NASB 1977
Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?

Amplified Bible
Many a man proclaims his own loyalty and goodness, But who can find a faithful and trustworthy man?

Christian Standard Bible
Many a person proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy person?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man?

American Standard Version
Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Many of the sons of men are called compassionate men, but who finds a trustworthy man?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A man is valuable, and a merciful man precious: but it is hard to find a faithful man.

Contemporary English Version
There are many who say, "You can trust me!" But can they be trusted?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Many men are called merciful: but who shall find a faithful man?

English Revised Version
Most men wilt proclaim every one his own kindness: but a faithful man who can find?

Good News Translation
Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Many people declare themselves loyal, but who can find someone who is [really] trustworthy?

International Standard Version
Many claim "I'm a loyal person!" but who can find someone who truly is?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; But a faithful man who can find?

Literal Standard Version
A multitude of men each proclaim his kindness, And a man of steadfastness who finds?

NET Bible
Many people profess their loyalty, but a faithful person--who can find?

New Heart English Bible
Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, but who can find a faithful man?

World English Bible
Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, but who can find a faithful man?

Young's Literal Translation
A multitude of men proclaim each his kindness, And a man of stedfastness who doth find?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wine is a Mocker
5The intentions of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. 6Many a man proclaims his loving devotion, but who can find a trustworthy man? 7The righteous man walks with integrity; blessed are his children after him.…

Cross References
Matthew 6:2
So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward.

Luke 18:8
I tell you, He will promptly carry out justice on their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?"

Luke 18:11
The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, 'God, I thank You that I am not like the other men--swindlers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.

Psalm 12:1
Help, O LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.

Proverbs 20:5
The intentions of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Proverbs 25:14
Like clouds and wind without rain is the man who boasts of gifts never given.


Treasury of Scripture

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

proclaim

Proverbs 25:14
Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Proverbs 27:2
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

Matthew 6:2
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

goodness

Psalm 12:1
To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

Ecclesiastes 7:28
Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

Jeremiah 5:1
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.









(6) Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness.--Will be full of his benevolent intentions, "but a faithful man," who carries out these promises, "who can find?"

Verse 6. - Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; chesed, "kindness," "mercy," "liberality," as in Proverbs 19:22. So Ewald and others, Hitzig and Kamphausen translate, "Many a man one names his dear friend;" Delitzsch and Nowack prefer, "Most men meet a man who is gracious to them;" i.e. it is common enough to meet a man who seems benevolent and well disposed. Vulgate, "Many men are called merciful;" Septuagint, "Man is a great thing, and a merciful man is a precious thing." The renderings of most modern commentators imply the statement that love and mercy are common enough, at least in outward expression. The Authorized Version pronounces that men are ready enough to parade and boast of their liberality, like the hypocrites who were said proverbially to sound a trumpet when they performed their almsdeeds (Matthew 6:2). Commenting on the Greek rendering of the clause given above, St. Chrysostom observes, "This is the true character of man to be merciful; yea, rather the character of God to show mercy... Those who answer not to this description, though they partake of mind, and are never so capable of knowledge, the Scripture refuses to acknowledge them as men, but calls them dogs, and horses, and serpents, and foxes, and wolves, and if there be any animals more contemptible" ('Hom. 4 in Phil.' and 'Hom. 13 in 1 Tim.,' Oxford transl.). The contrast between show, or promise, and performance is developed in the second clause. But a faithful man who can find? The faithfulness intended is fidelity to promises, the practical execution of the vaunted benevolence; this is rare indeed, so that a psalmist could cry, "I said in my haste, All men are liars" (Psalm 116:11; comp. Romans 3:4). Lesetre refers to Massillon's sermon, 'Sur la Gloire Humaine,' where we read (the preacher, of course, rests on the Latin Version), "Ces hommes vertueux dont le monde se fait tant d'honneur, n'ont au fond souvent pour eux que l'erreur publique. Amis fideles, je le veux; mais c'est le gout, la vanite ou Pin teret, qui les lie; et dans leur amis, ils n'amient qu' eux-memes En un mot, dit l'Ecriture, on les appelle misericordieux, ils ont toutes les vertus pour le public; mais n'etant pas fideles a Dieu, ils n'en ont pas une seule pour eux-memes."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Many
רָב־ (rāḇ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

a man
אָדָ֗ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

proclaims
יִ֭קְרָא (yiq·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

his
אִ֣ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

loving devotion,
חַסְדּ֑וֹ (ḥas·dōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

but who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can find
יִמְצָֽא׃ (yim·ṣā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

a trustworthy
אֱ֝מוּנִ֗ים (’ĕ·mū·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 529: Established, trusty, trustworthiness

man?
וְאִ֥ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person


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