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Proverbs 21:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the hearts.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but Jehovah weigheth the hearts.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Every way of a man, may be right in his own eyes, but, he that testeth hearts, is Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes, And Jehovah is pondering hearts.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Every way of a man seemeth right to himself: but the Lord weigheth the hearts.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Euery way of a man [is] right in his owne eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Every man seems to himself righteous; but the Lord directs the hearts.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but Yahweh pondereth the hearts.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Every x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
way 1870
{1870} Prime
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
of a man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
[is] right 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
in his own eyes: 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
but Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
pondereth 8505
{8505} Prime
A primitive root; to balance, that is, measure out (by weight or dimension); figuratively to arrange, equalize, through the idea of levelling (mentally estimate, test).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
the hearts. 3826
{3826} Prime
Feminine of H3820; the heart.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:2

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 14:2; Proverbs 16:2-25).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:2

_ _ Note, 1. We are all apt to be partial in judging of ourselves and our own actions, and to think too favourably of our own character, as if there was nothing amiss in it: Every way of a man, even his by-way, is right in his own eyes. The proud heart is very ingenious in putting a fair face upon a foul matter, and in making that appear right to itself which is far from being so, to stop the mouth of conscience. 2. We are sure that the judgment of God concerning us is according to truth. Whatever our judgment is concerning ourselves, the Lord ponders the heart. God looks at the heart, and judges of men according to that, of their actions according to their principles and intentions; and his judgment of that is as exact as ours is of that which we ponder most, and more so; he weighs it in an unerring balance, Proverbs 16:2.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Proverbs 30:12 [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.
Psalms 36:2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
Luke 18:11-12 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. ... I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.


Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings.
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
John 2:24-25 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all [men], ... And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
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1S 16:7. Ps 36:2. Pv 16:2, 25; 20:6; 24:12; 30:12. Jr 17:10. Lk 16:15; 18:11. Jn 2:24. Ga 6:3. Jm 1:22. Rv 2:23.

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