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Proverbs 18:17

    Proverbs 18:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He that is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbor comes and searches him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He that pleadeth his cause first'seemeth just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The man who first puts his cause before the judge seems to be in the right; but then his neighbour comes and puts his cause in its true light.

    Webster's Revision

    He that pleadeth his cause first'seemeth just; But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.

    World English Bible

    He who pleads his cause first seems right; until another comes and questions him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him out.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 18:17

    He that is first in his own cause - Any man may, in the first instance, make out a fair tale, because he has the choice of circumstances and arguments. But when the neighbor cometh and searcheth him, he examines all, dissects all, swears and cross-questions every witness, and brings out truth and fact.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 18:17

    A protest against another fault in judging. Haste is hardly less evil than corruption. "Audi alteram partern "should be the rule of every judge.

    His neighbor - The other party to the suit "searcheth," i. e., scrutinizes and detects him.