Proverbs 26:12
New International Version
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

New Living Translation
There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.

English Standard Version
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Berean Study Bible
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

New American Standard Bible
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

King James Bible
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Christian Standard Bible
Do you see a person who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Contemporary English Version
There is more hope for a fool than for someone who says, "I'm really smart!"

Good News Translation
The most stupid fool is better off than those who think they are wise when they are not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

International Standard Version
Do you see a man who is wise in his own opinion? There's more hope for a fool than for him.

NET Bible
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

New Heart English Bible
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you have seen a man that is wise in his own eyes, a fool is more useful than he.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have you met a person who thinks he is wise? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Seest thou a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

New American Standard 1977
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

King James 2000 Bible
See a man wise in his own eyes? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

American King James Version
See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

American Standard Version
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I have seen a man who seemed to himself to be wise; but a fool had more hope than he.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? there shall be more hope of a fool than of him.

Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

English Revised Version
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

World English Bible
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast seen a man wise in his own eyes, More hope of a fool than of him!
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
11As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. 12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 13The slacker says, “A lion is in the road! A fierce lion roams the public square!”…
Cross References
John 9:41
"If you were blind," Jesus replied, "you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains."

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be 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 become wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 28:11
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man with discernment sees through him.

Proverbs 29:20
Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Treasury of Scripture

See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

seest

Proverbs 22:29
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Proverbs 29:20
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Matthew 21:31
Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

a man

Proverbs 26:5,16
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit…

Proverbs 28:11
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Proverbs 29:20
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.







Lexicon
Do you see
רָאִ֗יתָ (rā·’î·ṯā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

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

who is wise
חָכָ֣ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

in his own eyes?
בְּעֵינָ֑יו (bə·‘ê·nāw)
Preposition-b | Noun - cdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

There is more hope
תִּקְוָ֖ה (tiq·wāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8615: A cord, expectancy

for a fool
לִכְסִ֣יל (liḵ·sîl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

than for him.
מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃ (mim·men·nū)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of
(12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit.--Comp. the warnings of Romans 12:16, and Revelation 3:17-18.

There is more hope of a fool than of him.--So the "publicans and harlots," who had foolishly strayed from God, yet returned to Him at the preaching of the Saviour, while the Pharisees and lawyers "rejected the counsel of God against themselves" (Luke 7:30), thinking they had no need of it.

Verse 12. - Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? (Proverbs 3:7). Nothing so shuts the door against improvement as self-conceit. "Woe unto them," says Isaiah (Isaiah 5:21), "that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight." Such persons, professing themselves wise, become fools (Romans 1:22; Romans 12:16; Revelation 3:17, 18). Touching conceit, Qui sibi sapit, summe desipit. The Oriental speaks of the fox finding his shadow very large, and of the wolf when alone thinking himself a lion. There is more hope of a fool than of him (Proverbs 29:20). A fool who is conscious of unwisdom may be set right; but one who fancies himself perfect, and needing no improvement, is beyond cure; his case is hopeless. So the sinner who feels and acknowledges his iniquity may be converted; but the self-righteous Pharisee, who considers himself to have no need of repentance, will never be reformed (see Matthew Luke 15:7; Luke 18:14). St. Chrysostom (Hom. in Phil.,' 7), "Haughtiness is a great evil; it is better to be a fool than haughty; for in the one case the folly is only a perversion of intellect, but in the other ease it is still worse; for it is folly joined with madness. The fool is an evil to himself; but the haughty man is a plague to others too. One cannot be haughty-minded without being a fool... The soul which is puffed up has a worse disease than dropsy, while that which is under restraint is treed from all evil" (Oxford transl.). 26:2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. 3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. 4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. 10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. 11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2Pe 2:22. 12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. 13. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. 14. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. 15. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. 16. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. 17. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. 18,19. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. 20-22. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. 23. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.
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