Proverbs 11:20
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New International Version
The LORD detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

New Living Translation
The LORD detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity.

English Standard Version
Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight.

New American Standard Bible
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their walk are His delight.

King James Bible
They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those with twisted minds are detestable to the LORD, but those with blameless conduct are His delight.

International Standard Version
Devious minds are abhorrent to the LORD, but those whose ways are innocent are his delight.

NET Bible
The LORD abhors those who are perverse in heart, but those who are blameless in their ways are his delight.

New Heart English Bible
Those who are perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those whose ways are blameless are his delight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah despises the perverse heart and he delights in those who are without blemish in the way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Devious people are disgusting to the LORD, but he is delighted with those whose ways are innocent.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD; But such as are upright in their way are His delight.

New American Standard 1977
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD,
            But the blameless in their walk are His delight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They that are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD, but such as are perfect in their way are his delight.

King James 2000 Bible
They that are of a perverse heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

American King James Version
They that are of a fraudulent heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

American Standard Version
They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to Jehovah; But such as are perfect in their way are his delight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A perverse heart is abominable to the Lord: and his will is in them that walk sincerely.

Darby Bible Translation
The perverse in heart are abomination to Jehovah; but they that are perfect in [their] way are his delight.

English Revised Version
They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD: but such as are perfect in their way are his delight.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

World English Bible
Those who are perverse in heart are an abomination to Yahweh, but those whose ways are blameless are his delight.

Young's Literal Translation
An abomination to Jehovah are the perverse of heart, And the perfect of the way are His delight.
Study Bible
A False Balance is an Abomination
19He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death. 20The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their walk are His delight. 21Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 29:17
"Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.

Psalm 101:4
A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.

Psalm 119:1
Aleph. How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the LORD.

Proverbs 3:32
For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.

Proverbs 11:21
Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

Proverbs 13:6
Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner.

Proverbs 14:9
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.
Treasury of Scripture

They that are of a fraudulent heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

Proverbs 6:14,16-19 Frowardness is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord…

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the …

Psalm 18:25,26 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; with an upright …

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Proverbs 9:7 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes …

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps …

Proverbs 21:29 A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he directs his way.

Psalm 11:7 For the righteous LORD loves righteousness; his countenance does …

Psalm 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part …

Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name: the upright …

Verse 20. - They that are of a froward heart (Proverbs 17:20); Septuagint, "perverse ways." The word means "distorted from the right," "obstinate in error." Upright in their way (Proverbs 2:21; Proverbs 29:27; Psalm 119:1). They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord,.... Such as are men of perverse dispositions and principles; that are contrary to the light of nature, the law of God, and Gospel of Christ; who, like the Jews of old, please not God, and are contrary to all men, to all good men; as antichrist and his followers, these work abomination, and make a lie, and speak lies in hypocrisy; are double hearted men, hypocrites, that say one thing and mean another; and, under the pretence of religion, do the vilest things: such of all men are abominable in the sight of God, and will have their portion in the lake of fire, in the hottest place in hell, as hypocrites will, Revelation 21:8;

but such as are upright in their way are his delight; or, "in the way"; there being no need of a supplement: such as are in the way, Christ, and walk by faith in him, and in the paths of truth and holiness, in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless, who are the "undefiled in the way", as in Psalm 119:1, where the same words are used as here: or, are "perfect" in Christ; though not in faith, nor in their walk and conversation; yet are sincere, Israelites indeed, and walk uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel. These the Lord takes delight and pleasure in; he is well pleased with their persons in Christ; and in their walk and works, as they flow from right principles, and are directed to right ends, and being upright in all; see Psalm 84:11. 20. (Compare Pr 11:5).

froward—as in Pr 2:15, opposed to the simplicity and purity of the upright.

in their way—or, "conduct."11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.
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