17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

Other Translations of Proverbs 18:17

New International Version

17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

English Standard Version

17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

The Message

17 The first speech in a court case is always convincing - until the cross-examination starts!

New King James Version

17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.

New Living Translation

17 The first to speak in court sounds right- until the cross-examination begins.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 18:17

Commentary on Proverbs 18:17

(Read Proverbs 18:17)

It is well to listen to our enemies, that we may form a better judgment of ourselves.