Proverbs 28:5
New International Version
Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

New Living Translation
Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the LORD understand completely.

English Standard Version
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

Berean Study Bible
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD comprehend fully.

King James Bible
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

New King James Version
Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all.

New American Standard Bible
Evil people do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand everything.

NASB 1995
Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.

NASB 1977
Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.

Amplified Bible
Evil men do not understand justice, But they who long for and seek the LORD understand it fully.

Christian Standard Bible
The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand everything.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand everything.

American Standard Version
Evil men understand not justice; But they that seek Jehovah understand all things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Evil men do not understand judgment, and they that seek LORD JEHOVAH know all good things.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Evil men will not understand judgement: but they that seek the Lord will understand everything.

Contemporary English Version
Criminals don't know what justice means, but all who respect the LORD understand it completely.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Evil men think not on judgment: but they that seek after the Lord, take notice of all things.

English Revised Version
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Good News Translation
Evil people do not know what justice is, but those who worship the LORD understand it well.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand everything.

International Standard Version
Evil men don't understand justice, but whoever seeks the LORD understands it all.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Evil men understand not justice; But they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Literal Standard Version
Evil men do not understand judgment, And those seeking YHWH understand all.

NET Bible
Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it all.

New Heart English Bible
Evil men do not understand justice; but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

World English Bible
Evil men don't understand justice; but those who seek Yahweh understand it fully.

Young's Literal Translation
Evil men understand not judgment, And those seeking Jehovah understand all.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Boldness of the Righteous
4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them. 5Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD comprehend fully. 6Better a poor man who walks with integrity than a rich man whose ways are perverse.…

Cross References
John 7:17
If anyone desires to do His will, he will know whether My teaching is from God or whether I speak on My own.

1 Corinthians 2:15
The spiritual man judges all things, but he himself is not subject to anyone's judgment.

1 John 2:20
You, however, have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

1 John 2:27
And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.

Psalm 92:6
A senseless man does not know, and a fool does not understand,

Psalm 119:100
I discern more than the elders, for I obey Your precepts.

Proverbs 2:9
Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity--every good path.


Treasury of Scripture

Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Proverbs 15:24
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.









(5) Evil men understand not judgment.--Or, what is right. For God reveals Himself only to those who fear Him (Psalm 25:14, comp. 1Corinthians 2:11; 1John 2:20); they, by following the light they have, are "guided into all truth" (John 16:13); the evil, by continually shutting their eyes to the light, at last can not see it, even if they would (John 12:39, sqq.).

Verse 5. - Evil men understand not judgment; or, what is right. An evil man's moral conception is perverted, he cannot distinguish between right and wrong; the light that was in him has become darkness (comp. Proverbs 29:7). Many men, by giving themselves over to wickedness, awe judicially blinded, according to John 12:89, 40. They who seek the Lord understand all things. These who do God's will, seeking him in prayer, know what is morally right is every circumstance, have a right judgment in all things (comp. Ecclesiastes 8:5; 1 Corinthians 2:15). So 1 John 2:20, "Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things;" and our Lord has (declared, "If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine" (John 7:17).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Evil
רָ֭ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

men
אַנְשֵׁי־ (’an·šê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 582: Man, mankind

do not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

understand
יָבִ֣ינוּ (yā·ḇî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

justice,
מִשְׁפָּ֑ט (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

but those who seek
וּמְבַקְשֵׁ֥י (ū·mə·ḇaq·šê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

the LORD
יְ֝הוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3069: YHWH

comprehend
יָבִ֥ינוּ (yā·ḇî·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

fully.
כֹֽל׃ (ḵōl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every


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