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Proverbs 28:5

Context
NET ©

Evil people 1  do not understand justice, 2  but those who seek the Lord 3  understand it all.

NIV ©

Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

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

MSG ©

Justice makes no sense to the evilminded; those who seek GOD know it inside and out.

BBE ©

Evil men have no knowledge of what is right; but those who go after the Lord have knowledge of all things.

NRSV ©

The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

NKJV ©

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


KJV
Evil
<07451>
men
<0582>
understand
<0995> (8799)
not judgment
<04941>_:
but they that seek
<01245> (8764)
the LORD
<03068>
understand
<0995> (8799)
all [things].
NASB ©
Evil
<07451>
men
<0376>
do not understand
<0995>
justice
<04941>
, But those who seek
<01245>
the LORD
<03068>
understand
<0995>
all
<03605>
things
<03605>
.
HEBREW
lk
<03605>
wnyby
<0995>
hwhy
<03069>
ysqbmw
<01245>
jpsm
<04941>
wnyby
<0995>
al
<03808>
er
<07451>
ysna (28:5)
<0582>
LXXM
(35:5) andrev
<435
N-NPM
kakoi
<2556
A-NPM
ou
<3364
ADV
nohsousin
<3539
V-FAI-3P
krima
<2917
N-ASN
oi
<3588
T-NPM
de
<1161
PRT
zhtountev
<2212
V-PAPNP
ton
<3588
T-ASM
kurion
<2962
N-ASM
sunhsousin
<4920
V-FAI-3P
en
<1722
PREP
panti
<3956
A-DSM
NET © [draft] ITL
Evil
<07451>
people
<0582>
do not
<03808>
understand
<0995>
justice
<04941>
, but those who seek
<01245>
the Lord
<03069>
understand
<0995>
it all
<03605>
.
NET ©

Evil people 1  do not understand justice, 2  but those who seek the Lord 3  understand it all.

NET © Notes

tn Heb “men of evil”; the context does not limit this to males only, however.

tn The term translated “justice” is מִשְׁפָּט (mishpat); it refers to the legal rights of people, decisions that are equitable in the community. W. G. Plaut observes that there are always those who think that “justice” is that which benefits them, otherwise it is not justice (Proverbs, 282).

sn The contrast (and the difference) is between the wicked and those who seek the Lord. Originally the idea of seeking the Lord meant to obtain an oracle (2 Sam 21:1), but then it came to mean devotion to God – seeking to learn and do his will. Only people who are interested in doing the Lord’s will can fully understand justice. Without that standard, legal activity can become self-serving.



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