Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 21:2


All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, 1  but the Lord evaluates 2  the motives. 3 


1Sa 16:7; Ps 36:2; Pr 16:2,25; Pr 20:6; Pr 24:12; Pr 30:12; Jer 17:10; Lu 16:15; Lu 18:11,12; Joh 2:24,25; Ga 6:3; Jas 1:22; Re 2:23

NET © Notes

tn Heb “in his own eyes.” The term “eyes” is a metonymy for estimation, opinion, evaluation.

tn Heb “weighs” (so NASB, NIV, NRSV); NLT “examines”; NCV, TEV “judges.”

tn Heb “the hearts.” The term לֵב (lev, “heart”) is used as a metonymy of association for thoughts and motives (BDB 660-61 s.v. 6-7). Even though people think they know themselves, the Lord evaluates motives as well (e.g., Prov 16:2).

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