, whether literally or figuratively (noble
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.).
, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
in his own conceit;
Probably a primitive word; an eye
(literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain
(as the eye
of the landscape).
but the poor
; properly dangling
, that is, (by implication) weak
that hath understanding
A primitive root; to separate
mentally (or distinguish
), that is, (generally) understand
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818
Mood - Participle (See H8813
Count - 857
searcheth him out.
A primitive root; properly to penetrate
; hence to examine
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 19885
_ _ A poor but wise man can discover (and expose) the rich and self-conceited.
_ _ Note, 1. Those that are rich are apt to think themselves wise, because, whatever else they are ignorant of, they know how to get and save; and those that are purse-proud expect that all they say should be regarded as an oracle and a law, and that none should dare to contradict them, but every sheaf bow to theirs; this humour is fed by flatterers, who, because (like Jezebel's prophets) they are fed at their table, cry up their wisdom. 2. Those that are poor often prove themselves wiser than they: A poor man, who has taken pains to get wisdom, having no other way (as the rich man has) to get a reputation, searches him out, and makes it to appear that he is not such a scholar, nor such a politician, as he is taken to be. See how variously God dispenses his gifts; to some he gives wealth, to others wisdom, and it is easy to say which of these is the better gift, which we should covet more earnestly.
The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit; but the poor man that hath understanding searcheth (e) him out.
(e) And judge that he is not wise.
Proverbs 18:11 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
Isaiah 10:13-14 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done [it], and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant [man]: ... And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs [that are] left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
Ezekiel 28:3-5 Behold, thou [art] wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: ... By thy great wisdom [and] by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Luke 16:13-14 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. ... And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
1 Corinthians 3:18-19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. ... For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
- his own conceit:
- Heb. his eyes,
Proverbs 26:16 The sluggard [is] wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Romans 12:16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
- the poor:
Proverbs 18:17 [He that is] first in his own cause [seemeth] just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
Proverbs 19:1 Better [is] the poor that walketh in his integrity, than [he that is] perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
Job 32:9 Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Ecclesiastes 9:15-17 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. ... The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
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