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Proverbs 21:4

    Proverbs 21:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A high look, and a proud heart, Even the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A high look and a heart of pride, *** of the evil-doer is sin.

    Webster's Revision

    A high look, and a proud heart, Even the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

    World English Bible

    A high look, and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    An high look, and a proud heart, even the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 21:4

    A high look - The evidence of pride, self-conceit, and vanity. A proud heart, from which the high look, etc., come.

    And the ploughing - נר ner, lucerna, the lamp, the prosperity and posterity of the wicked; is sin - it is evil in the seed, and evil in the root evil in the branch, and evil in the fruit. They are full of sin themselves, and what they do is sinful.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 21:4

    The plowing - The Hebrew word, with a change in its vowel points, may signify either:

    (1) the "fallow field," the "tillage" of Proverbs 13:23, or

    (2) the lamp.

    According to: (1) the verse would mean, "The outward signs of pride, the proud heart, the broad lands of the wicked, all are evil." (2) however, belongs, as it were, to the language of the time and of the book Proverbs 13:9; Proverbs 24:20. The "lamp of the wicked" is their outwardly bright prosperity.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 21:4

    21:4 The plowing - Even their civil or natural actions, which in themselves are lawful, are made sinful as they are managed by ungodly men, without any regard to the glory of God, which ought to be the end of all our actions.