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Proverbs 28:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Evil men understand not justice; But they that seek Jehovah understand all things.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all [things].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all [things].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Evil men understand not judgment; but they that seek Jehovah understand everything.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Wicked men, consider not justice, but, they who seek Yahweh, consider everything.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Evil men understand not judgment, And those seeking Jehovah understand all.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Evil men think not on judgment: but they that seek after the Lord, take notice of all things.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Euill men vnderstand not iudgement: but they that seeke the LORD, vnderstand all things.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Evil men will not understand judgement: but they that seek the Lord will understand everything.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek Yahweh understand all [things].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Evil 7451
{7451} Prime
רָע
ra`
{rah}
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
men y582
[0582] Standard
אֱנוֹשׁ
'enowsh
{en-oshe'}
From H0605; properly a mortal (and thus differeing from the more dignified H0120); hence a man in general (singly or collectively). It is often unexpressed in the English Version, especially when used in apposition with another word.
x376
(0376) Complement
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
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.).
understand 995
{0995} Prime
בִּין
biyn
{bene}
A primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), that is, (generally) understand.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
judgment: 4941
{4941} Prime
מִשְׁפָּט
mishpat
{mish-pawt'}
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style.
but they that seek 1245
{1245} Prime
בּקשׁ
baqash
{baw-kash'}
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
understand 995
{0995} Prime
בִּין
biyn
{bene}
A primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), that is, (generally) understand.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
[things].
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 28:5

_ _ (Compare John 7:17). Ignorance of moral truth is due to unwillingness to know it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 28:5

_ _ Note, I. As the prevalency of men's lusts is owing to the darkness of their understandings, so the darkness of their understandings is very much owing to the dominion of their lusts: Men understand not judgment, discern not between truth and falsehood, right and wrong; they understand not the law of God as the rule either of their duty or of their doom; and, 1. Therefore it is that they are evil men; their wickedness is the effect of their ignorance and error, Ephesians 4:18. 2. Therefore they understand not judgment, because they are evil men; their corruptions blind their eyes, and fill them with prejudices, and because they do evil they hate the light. It is just with God also to give them up to strong delusions.

_ _ II. As men's seeking the Lord is a good sign that they do understand much, so it is a good means of their understanding more, even of their understanding all things needful for them. Those that set God's glory before them as their end, his favour as their felicity, and his word as their rule, and apply to him upon all occasions by prayer, they seek the Lord, and he will give them the spirit of wisdom. If a man do his will, he shall know his doctrine, John 7:17. A good understanding those have, and a better they shall have, that do his commandments, Psalms 111:10; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 2:15.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 28:5

Judgment — What is just and right. All things — Which are necessary to be known by them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

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.
Psalms 25:14 The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Psalms 92:6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
Jeremiah 4:22 For my people [is] foolish, they have not known me; they [are] sottish children, and they have none understanding: they [are] wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Mark 4:10-13 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. ... And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.
1 Corinthians 2:14-15 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. ... But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
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Ps 25:14; 92:6. Pv 15:24; 24:7. Jr 4:22. Mk 4:10. Jn 7:17. 1Co 2:14. Jm 1:5. 1Jn 2:20, 27.

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