New American Standard Bible
He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
King James Bible
Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
Darby Bible Translation
He that separateth himself seeketh his pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.
World English Bible
An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.
Young's Literal Translation
For an object of desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The text and the marginal readings indicate the two chief constructions of this somewhat difficult verse. Other renderings are
(1) He who separateth himself from others seeks his own desire, and rushes forward against all wise counsel: a warning against self-will and the self-assertion which exults in differing from the received customs and opinions of mankind.
(2) he who separates himself (from the foolish, unlearned multitude) seeks his own desire (that which is worthy to be desired), and mingleth himself with all wisdom. So the Jewish commentators generally.
Between (1) blaming and (2) commending the life of isolation, the decision must be that (1) is most in harmony with the temper of the Book of Proverbs; but it is not strange that Pharisaism, in its very name, separating and self-exalting, should have adopted (2).
LibraryPride and Humility
A sermon (No. 97) delivered on Sabbath Morning, August 17, 1856 by C. H. Spurgeon. "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility."--Proverbs 18:12. Almost every event has its prophetic prelude. It is an old and common saying that "coming events cast their shadows before them;" the wise man teaches us the same lesson in the verse before us. When destruction walks through the land it casts its shadow; it is in the shape of pride. When honor visits a man's house it casts …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Pride and Humility
Of the Character of the Unregenerate.
"Boast not Thyself of To-Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.
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