17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
17 The first speech in a court case is always convincing - until the cross-examination starts!
17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.
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.