Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom.

New American Standard Bible

He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.

King James Version

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

Holman Bible

One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound judgment.

International Standard Version

Whoever isolates himself pursues selfish ends; he resists all sound advice.

A Conservative Version

He who desires to separate himself seeks excuses, and rages against all sound wisdom.


He who willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment.

Bible in Basic English

He who keeps himself separate for his private purpose goes against all good sense.

Darby Translation

He that separateth himself seeketh his pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Whosoever goes astray seeks according to his own lust and shall meddle with every doctrine.

Julia Smith Translation

He separating himself will Seek according to desire; he will be irritated with every purpose.

King James 2000

A man, having separated himself, seeks his own desire, and rages against all sound wisdom.

Lexham Expanded Bible

He who is selfish seeks a craving; against all sound judgment he shows contempt.

Modern King James verseion

He that separates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound wisdom.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He accompanieth himself with all steadfast and healthsome doctrine, that hath a desire to it and is sequestered from company.

NET Bible

One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment.

New Heart English Bible

An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.

The Emphasized Bible

A man seeketh, for satisfaction, going his own way, through all safe counsel, he breaketh.


Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

World English Bible

An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.

Youngs Literal Translation

For an object of desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.


Root Form
Usage: 20

Usage: 3

Verse Info

Context Readings

How Fools Live

1 He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom. 2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

Cross References

Proverbs 2:1-6

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee;

Proverbs 20:3

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.

Ephesians 5:15-17

Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;

Jude 1:19

These are they who make separations, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Exodus 33:16

For wherein now shall it be known that I have found favor in thy sight, I and thy people? is it not in that thou goest with us, so that we are separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth?

Proverbs 14:10

The heart knoweth its own bitterness; And a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.

Proverbs 20:19

He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.

Proverbs 24:21

My son, fear thou Jehovah and the king; And company not with them that are given to change:

Zechariah 7:3

and to speak unto the priests of the house of Jehovah of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?

Proverbs 17:14

The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.

Proverbs 26:17

He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Isaiah 26:8-9

Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Jehovah, have we waited for thee; to thy name, even to thy memorial name , is the desire of our soul.

Jeremiah 15:17

I sat not in the assembly of them that make merry, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand; for thou hast filled me with indignation.

Matthew 13:11

And he answered and said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Matthew 13:44

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid; and in his joy he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Mark 1:35

And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed.

Mark 4:11

And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:

Romans 1:1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

2 Corinthians 6:17

Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you,

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