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Proverbs 20:6

Context
NET ©

Many people profess their loyalty, 1  but a faithful person 2  – who can find? 3 

NIV ©

Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?

NASB ©

Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?

NLT ©

Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is really faithful?

MSG ©

Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving, but where on earth can you find one?

BBE ©

Most men make no secret of their kind acts: but where is a man of good faith to be seen?

NRSV ©

Many proclaim themselves loyal, but who can find one worthy of trust?

NKJV ©

Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?


KJV
Most
<07230>
men
<0120>
will proclaim
<07121> (8799)
every one
<0376>
his own goodness
<02617>_:
but a faithful
<0529>
man
<0376>
who can find
<04672> (8799)_?
{goodness: or, bounty}
NASB ©
Many
<07230>
a man
<0120>
proclaims
<07121>
his own
<0376>
loyalty
<02617>
, But who
<04310>
can find
<04672>
a trustworthy
<0529>
man
<0376>
?
HEBREW
aumy
<04672>
ym
<04310>
Mynwma
<0529>
syaw
<0376>
wdox
<02617>
sya
<0376>
arqy
<07121>
Mda
<0120>
br (20:6)
<07230>
LXXM
mega
<3173
A-ASN
anyrwpov
<444
N-NSM
kai
<2532
CONJ
timion
<5093
A-ASM
anhr
<435
N-NSM
elehmwn
<1655
A-NSM
andra
<435
N-ASM
de
<1161
PRT
piston
<4103
A-ASM
ergon
<2041
N-ASN
eurein
<2147
V-AAN
NET © [draft] ITL
Many
<07230>
people
<0120>
profess
<07121>
their loyalty
<02617>
, but a faithful
<0529>
person
<0376>
– who
<04310>
can find
<04672>
?
NET ©

Many people profess their loyalty, 1  but a faithful person 2  – who can find? 3 

NET © Notes

tn Heb “many a man calls/proclaims a man of his loyal love.” The Syriac and Tg. Prov 20:6 render the verb as passive: “many are called kind.” Other suggestions include: “most men meet people who will do them occasional kindnesses” (RSV); “many men profess friendship” (C. H. Toy, Proverbs [ICC], 384); “many men invite only the one who has shown them kindness.” The simplest interpretation in this context is “many proclaim [themselves to be] a kind person (= a loyal friend).” The contrast is between many who claim to be loyal friends and the one who actually proves to be faithful.

tn The shift to the expression “a man of faithfulness[es]” in the second line indicates that of all those who claim to show faithful love, it is rare to find one who is truly reliable (as the word אֱמוּנִים [’emunim] indicates clearly); cf. NAB, NRSV “one worthy of trust.”

sn The point of the rhetorical question is that a truly faithful friend is very difficult to find.



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