Proverbs 12:2
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New International Version
Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

New Living Translation
The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

English Standard Version
A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.

New American Standard Bible
A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil.

King James Bible
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The good person obtains favor from the LORD, but He condemns a man who schemes.

International Standard Version
The good person will gain favor from the LORD, but the man who plots evil will be condemned by him.

NET Bible
A good person obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a person with wicked schemes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It will be well for the man who keeps the will of Lord Jehovah and an evil man will be condemned.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A good person obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns everyone who schemes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The good man shall attain the favour of the LORD, but the man of wicked thoughts he will condemn.

King James 2000 Bible
A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked intentions will he condemn.

American King James Version
A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

American Standard Version
A good man shall obtain favor of Jehovah; But a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is good, shall draw grace from the Lord : but he that trusteth in his own devices doth wickedly.

Darby Bible Translation
A good [man] obtaineth favour of Jehovah; but a man of mischievous devices will he condemn.

English Revised Version
A good man shall obtain favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Webster's Bible Translation
A good man obtaineth favor from the LORD: but a man of wicked devices he will condemn.

World English Bible
A good man shall obtain favor from Yahweh, but he will condemn a man of wicked devices.

Young's Literal Translation
The good bringeth forth favour from Jehovah, And the man of wicked devices He condemneth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1 Those who have grace, will delight in the instructions given them. Those that stifle their convictions, are like brutes. 2. The man who covers selfish and vicious designs under a profession of religion or friendship, will be condemned. 3. Though men may advance themselves by sinful arts, they cannot settle and secure themselves. But those who by faith are rooted in Christ, are firmly fixed. 4. A wife who is pious, prudent, and looks well to the ways of her household, who makes conscience of her duty, and can bear crosses; such a one is an honour and comfort to her husband. She that is the reverse of this, preys upon him, and consumes him. 5. Thoughts are not free; they are under the Divine knowledge, therefore under the Divine command. It is a man's shame to act with deceit, with trick and design. 6. Wicked people speak mischief to their neighbours. A man may sometimes do a good work with one good word. 7. God's blessing is often continued to the families of godly men, while the wicked are overthrown. 8. The apostles showed wisdom by glorying in shame for the name of Christ. 9. He that lives in a humble state, who has no one to wait upon him, but gets bread by his own labour, is happier than he that glories in high birth or gay attire, and wants necessaries.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - A good man. The word is general, the particular virtue intended being often modified by the context. In view of the contrast in the second clause, it means here "pure," "straightforward." having a heart free from evil thoughts. As the psalm says, "Surely God is good to Israel, even to such as are pure in heart" (Psalm 73:1). Obtaineth favour of the Lord (Proverbs 8:35); Septuagint, "Better is he who findeth favour from the Lord." A man of wicked devices (Proverbs 14:17); one whose thoughts are perverse and artful. Will he - Jehovah - condemn; Vulgate, "He who trusts to his imaginations doeth wickedly;" Septuagint, "A man that is a sinner shall be passed over in silence (παρασιωπηθήσεται)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord,.... One that is made so by the grace of God, for no man is so naturally; there is none good, nor does good, no, not one, until some good thing is put into him, or the good work of grace is begun in him. And such a man obtains favour or good will from the Lord; that is, as Gersom explains it, what he himself wills, for the will of God is his will; or rather the good will of God, his grace, and layout; fresh manifestations and discoveries of which he obtains and enjoys, not by merit, through any goodness of his own, or by means of his obedience but he draws it out, as the word (l) signifies, as out of a fountain, by prayer and supplication, and by fresh repeated acts of faith upon it; which may be said to be ad and enjoyed, when it is remembered to him, he is encompassed with it, or it is shed abroad in his heart, or his heart is directed into it; and he also obtains and enjoys all the blessings, of grace here, and glory hereafter, as springing from it;

but a man of wicked devices will he condemn; whose thoughts, and the imaginations of his heart, are evil continually; who is always contriving mischief to others: such a man shall be so far from enjoying the favour of God, that he shall be pronounced guilty of death, and condemned to it; he shall be banished from the presence of the Lord, and be punished with everlasting destruction. As the man of sin is continually devising wicked things against God, against Christ, against his interest and people; he shall be condemned by the Lord, consumed with the breath of his mouth; go into perdition, and be cast into the lake burning with fire and brimstone: and this will be the portion of all his followers, that join with him in forming and executing his wicked devices.

(l) "educet", Pagninus, Montanus, "hauriet", V. L. "haurit", Mercerus, Gejerus.



Proverbs 12:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. 2A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil. 3A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 15:3
Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."

Proverbs 3:4
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 8:35
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 12:1
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 14:22
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
Treasury of Scripture

A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

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Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; …

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and …

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for …

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Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled …

Proverbs 6:18 An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in …

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

Isaiah 32:5-7 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said …

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