Proverbs 27:19
New International Version
As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart.

New Living Translation
As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.

English Standard Version
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.

Berean Study Bible
As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the true man.

King James Bible
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

New King James Version
As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.

New American Standard Bible
As in water a face reflects the face, So the heart of a person reflects the person.

NASB 1995
As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.

NASB 1977
As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.

Amplified Bible
As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.

Christian Standard Bible
As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.

American Standard Version
As in water face answereth to face, So the heart of man to man.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As faces are not alike, so hearts are not alike.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As faces are not like other faces, so neither are the thoughts of men.

Contemporary English Version
You see your face in a mirror and your thoughts in the minds of others.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As the faces of them that look therein, shine in the water, so the hearts of men are laid open to the wise.

English Revised Version
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

Good News Translation
It is your own face that you see reflected in the water and it is your own self that you see in your heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by his heart.

International Standard Version
Just as water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As in water face answereth to face, So the heart of man to man.

Literal Standard Version
As [in] water the face [is] to face, "" So the heart of man to man.

NET Bible
As in water the face is reflected as a face, so a person's heart reflects the person.

New Heart English Bible
As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.

World English Bible
As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.

Young's Literal Translation
As in water the face is to face, So the heart of man to man.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
18Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored. 19As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the true man. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.…

Cross References
Proverbs 27:18
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.

Proverbs 27:20
Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.


Treasury of Scripture

As in water face answers to face, so the heart of man to man.

in

James 1:22-25
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

so

Genesis 6:5
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Psalm 33:15
He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

Mark 7:21
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,









(19) So the heart of man (answereth) to man.--What is in our own hearts we find in others also. Whatever are the distinguishing features of our own characters we discover and elicit the same in others. The merciful, the generous, the devout, the pure, recognise the same qualities in others, and themselves feel and receive sympathy from such persons. So the evil, too, find themselves in harmony with those of like disposition.

Verse 19. - As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man; Vulgate, Quomodo in aquis resplendent vultus prospicientium, sic corda hominum manifesta sunt prudentibus. As in clear water the face of the gazer is reflected, so man finds in his fellow man the same feelings, sentiments, passions, which he has himself. He sees in others the likeness of himself; whatever he knows himself to be, he will see others presenting the same character. Self-knowledge, too, leads to insight into others' minds; "for what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?" (1 Corinthians 2:11). There is a solidarity in human nature which enables us to judge of others by ourselves. The difficulties in the construction and wording of the sentence do not affect the interpretation. They are, however, best met by rendering, with Delitzsch, "As it is with water, face corresponds to face, so also the heart of man to man." Septuagint, "As faces are not like faces, so neither are the thoughts of men;" which is like the saying of Persius, 'Sat.,' 5:52 -

"Mille hominum species, et rerum discolor usus;
Velle suum cuique est, nec voto vivitur uno."


Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
As water
כַּ֭מַּיִם (kam·ma·yim)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

reflects the face,
הַפָּנִ֣ים (hap·pā·nîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6440: The face

so
כֵּ֤ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

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

reflects the true man.
הָ֝אָדָ֗ם (hā·’ā·ḏām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being


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