Proverbs 26:16
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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.

Proverbs 26:16 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise.

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts...

Library
One 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

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Proverbs 26:15
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