New International Version
The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
King James Bible
A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
Darby Bible Translation
The heart of a wise [man] is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.
World English Bible
A wise man's heart is at his right hand, but a fool's heart at his left.
Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the wise is at his right hand, And the heart of a fool at his left.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A wise man's heart is at his right hand - As the right hand is ordinarily the best exercised, strongest, and most ready, and the left the contrary, they show,
1. The command which the wise man has over his own mind, feelings, passions, etc., and the prudence with which he acts. And,
2. The want of prudence and management in the fool, who has no restraint on his passions, and no rule or guard upon his tongue. The right hand and the left are used in Scripture to express good and evil. The wise man is always employed in doing good; the fool, in nonsense or evil.
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'The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.'--ECCLES. x. 15. On the surface this seems to be merely a piece of homely, practical sagacity, conjoined with one of the bitter things which Ecclesiastes is fond of saying about those whom he calls 'fools.' It seems to repeat, under another metaphor, the same idea which has been presented in a previous verse, where we read: 'If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
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