Proverbs 28:11

11 The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

Read Proverbs 28:11 Using Other Translations

The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

What does Proverbs 28:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 28:11

The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit
Ascribing his getting riches to his great sagacity, wisdom, and prudence; and being flattered with it by dependents on him; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out:
a man of good understanding, whether in things natural, civil, moral, or spiritual, though poor, as a man may be poor and yet a wise man; such an one, when he comes into company with a rich man, wise in his own conceit, he soon by conversation with him finds him out to be a very foolish man, and exposes him as one; for riches are not always to men of understanding, or all that have them are not such; and better is a poor wise man than even a foolish king; see ( Ecclesiastes 9:11 Ecclesiastes 9:15 ) ( 4:13 ) .

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