New International Version
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
King James Bible
He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
Darby Bible Translation
He that is first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
World English Bible
He who pleads his cause first seems right; until another comes and questions him.
Young's Literal Translation
Righteous is the first in his own cause, His neighbour cometh and hath searched him.
Proverbs 18:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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