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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

New American Standard 1977
As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As in water face corresponds to face, so the heart of man to man.

King James 2000 Bible
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man to man.

American King James Version
As in water face answers to face, so the heart of man to man.

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

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.

Darby Bible Translation
As [in] water face [answereth] to face, so the heart of man to man.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to 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.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
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.

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

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Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Psalm 33:15 He fashions their hearts alike; he considers all their works.

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







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

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

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

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

reflects the true man.
הָ֝אָדָ֗ם (hā·’ā·ḏām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being
(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."
27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.
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