Proverbs 12:12
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New International Version
The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.

New Living Translation
Thieves are jealous of each other's loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.

English Standard Version
Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

King James Bible
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked desire what evil men have, but the root of the righteous produces fruit.

International Standard Version
The wicked desires what evil people gain, but the foundation of the righteous is productive.

NET Bible
The wicked person desires a stronghold, but the righteous root endures.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil one lusts to do evil, and the root of the righteous ones will sprout.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person delights in setting a trap for [other] evil people, but the roots of righteous people produce [fruit].

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked desires the net of evil men, but the root of the righteous shall yield fruit.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

American King James Version
The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

American Standard Version
The wicked desireth the net of evil men; But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit .

Douay-Rheims Bible
The desire of the wicked is the fortification of evil men: but the root of the just shall prosper.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]; but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].

English Revised Version
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

World English Bible
The wicked desires the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked hath desired the net of evil doers, And the root of the righteous giveth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:10. A godly man would not put even an animal to needless pain. But the wicked often speak of others as well used, when they would not endure like treatment for a single day. 11. It is men's wisdom to mind their business, and follow an honest calling. But it is folly to neglect business; and the grace of God teaches men to disdain nothing but sin. 12. When the ungodly see others prosper by sin, they wish they could act in the same way. But the root of Divine grace, in the heart of the righteous, produces other desires and purposes. 13. Many a man has paid dear in this world for the transgression of his lips.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Modern commentators have endeavoured to amend the text of this verse by various methods, which may be seen in Nowack's note on the passage; but the existing reading gives an appropriate sense, and alteration is not absolutely needed, though it is plain that the LXX had before them something different from the Masoretic text. The wicked desireth the net of evil men (Ecclesiastes 7:26), that he may use the means which they take to enrich themselves; or matsod may mean, not the instrument, but the prey - "such booty as evil men capture;" or yet again, the word may mean "fortress," i.e. the wicked seeks the protection of evil men. So the Vulgate, Desiderium impii munimentum est pessimorum, "What the wicked desire is the support of evil men," or, it may be, "the defense of evil men," i.e. that these may be secured from suppression and interruption. Another interpretation, which, however, seems somewhat forced, is that "the net" is a metaphor for the judgment of God, which overtakes sinners, and into which they run with such blind infatuation that they seem to "desire" it, The safest explanation is the second one given above, which signifies that the wicked man seeks by every means to obtain the prey which he sees sinners obtain, and, as is implied, gets small return for his labour, does not advance his interests. But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. The root supplies the sap and vigour needed for healthy produce. Without any evil devices or plotting, the righteous gain all that they want as the natural result of their high principles. Another hindering is, "He (the Lord) will give a root of the righteous," will enable them to stand firm in time of trial. Septuagint, "The desires of the impious are evil; but the roots of the pious are in strongholds," i.e. are secure.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The wicked desireth the net of evil men,.... To be master of all the wicked arts and methods evil men use to ensnare and oppress others; to get them and their substance into their hands; or "desireth the evil net", as the Targum; the evil net of antichrist, which he lays for the poor, whom he draws into it and catches them; see Psalm 10:9. Jarchi understands it of "hunting" (t) and of wicked men desiring to be fed and nourished with what evil men get by hunting; compare with this Ezekiel 13:18. Some render it the "fortress" or "strong hold" (u) of evil men, in which they fortify and secure themselves to do mischief to others, and to prevent any besieging them, so Gersom; and this is what all wicked men are desirous of;

but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit; or "shall give" (w) that; that security and protection from real evil and mischief which the wicked cannot obtain; or he, that is, God, "shall give the righteous root" (x), firmly fix them that they shall not be moved; or as we supply it, and so Aben Ezra, "yieldeth fruit", much more desirable than the net of evil men the wicked covet: righteous men are compared to trees, they are called "trees of righteousness", Isaiah 61:3; these have a root in the love of God, in the person of Christ, and in the grace of the Spirit, and this root yieldeth fruit; the love of God is the root and source of all good things, of all the blessings of grace, of the fruit of grace, faith, hope, and love, and of evangelical obedience; the person of Christ is the source of all spiritual blessings, of salvation and eternal life; the righteous have their being in him as a root; they are bore by him, have all their life, grace, holiness, fruitfulness, and perseverance therein, from him; and the grace of the Spirit in the heart, which is the root of the matter, the hidden man of the heart, from hence are fruits meet for faith and repentance, and good works, which are both pleasant and profitable. The Targum is,

"the root of the righteous shall remain, or be established;''

see Proverbs 12:3.

(t) "venationem", Munster, Schultens; "venatum", Tigurine version. (u) "Praesidium", Mercerus, Junius & Tremelllus, Piscator. (w) "dabit", Pagninus, Montanus, Baynus, Mercerus. (x) "Radicem justorum dabit Deus", Gejerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. the wicked … evil—They love the crafty arts of deception.

the root … fruit—their own resources supply them; or, it may be rendered: "He (God) giveth, or, sets (Eze 17:22) the root of the righteous," and hence it is firm: or, the verb is impersonal; "As to the root … it is firm" (Pr 17:19).

Proverbs 12:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
11He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense. 12The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. 13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

Proverbs 21:10
The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
Treasury of Scripture

The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

desireth

Proverbs 1:17-19 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird…

Proverbs 29:5,6 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet…

Psalm 9:15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which …

Psalm 10:9 He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to …

Jeremiah 5:26-28 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that …

Micah 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright …

Habakkuk 1:15-17 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their …

net or fortress

Proverbs 10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the …

the root

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that …

Isaiah 27:6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall …

Isaiah 37:31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again …

Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is…

Luke 8:13-15 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word …

John 15:5,16 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in …

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you …

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