Proverbs 28:11
New International Version
The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

New Living Translation
Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

English Standard Version
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

Berean Study Bible
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man with discernment sees through him.

New American Standard Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

King James Bible
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Christian Standard Bible
A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a poor one who has discernment sees through him.

Contemporary English Version
The rich think highly of themselves, but anyone poor and sensible sees right through them.

Good News Translation
Rich people always think they are wise, but a poor person who has insight into character knows better.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

International Standard Version
The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.

NET Bible
A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.

New Heart English Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding sees through him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The rich man is wise in his own eyes and a poor intelligent one condemns him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a poor person with understanding sees right through him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him through.

New American Standard 1977
The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rich man is wise in his own conceit, but the poor that has understanding is wiser than he.

King James 2000 Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor that has understanding will find him out.

American King James Version
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding searches him out.

American Standard Version
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A rich man is wise in his own conceit; but an intelligent poor man will condemn him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rich man seemeth to himself wise: but the poor man that is prudent shall search him out.

Darby Bible Translation
A rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

English Revised Version
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

Webster's Bible Translation
The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor man that hath understanding searcheth him out.

World English Bible
The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding sees through him.

Young's Literal Translation
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, And the intelligent poor searcheth him.
Study Bible
The Boldness of the Righteous
10He who leads the upright along the path of evil will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good. 11A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man with discernment sees through him. 12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.…
Cross References
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 26:12
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Treasury of Scripture

The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding searches him out.

rich

Proverbs 18:11
The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

Proverbs 23:4
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Isaiah 10:13,14
For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: …

his own conceit

Proverbs 26:16
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Isaiah 5:21
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Romans 11:25
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

the poor

Proverbs 18:17
He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

Proverbs 19:1
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Job 32:9
Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.







Lexicon
A rich
עָשִׁ֑יר (‘ā·šîr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6223: Rich

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

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

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

but a poor man
וְדַ֖ל (wə·ḏal)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1800: Dangling, weak, thin

with discernment
מֵבִ֣ין (mê·ḇîn)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

sees through him.
יַחְקְרֶֽנּוּ׃ (yaḥ·qə·ren·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2713: To penetrate, to examine intimately
(11) The rich man is wise in his own conceit.--For the blinding effect of wealth comp. Revelation 3:17.

Verse 11. - The rich man is wise in his own conceit (comp. Proverbs 18:11). A rich man thinks so highly of his position, is so flattered by parasites, and deems himself placed so immeasurably above social inferiors, that he learns to consider himself possessed of other qualifications, even mental and intellectual gifts, with which wealth has no concern. This purse-proud arrogance which looks upon financial skill and sharpness in bargaining as true wisdom, is confined to no age or country. But the poor man that hath understanding searcheth him out (Proverbs 18:17). Wisdom is not to be bought with money. A poor man may be wise, his poverty probably making him a keener critic; and if he is brought into communication with this self-deluding plutocrat, he soon sees through him and recognizes his real value. Septuagint, "An intelligent poor man will condemn him." 28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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