New International Version
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
King James Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Darby Bible Translation
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven [men] that answer discreetly.
World English Bible
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.
Young's Literal Translation
Wiser is the slothful in his own eyes, Than seven men returning a reason.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Than seven men that can render a reason - Seven here only means perfection, abundance, or multitude. He is wiser in his own eyes than a multitude of the wisest men. "Than seven men that sytt and teach." - Coverdale; i.e., than seven doctors of the law, or heads of the schools of the prophets, who always sat while they taught.
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LibraryOne Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse. …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
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