Proverbs 12:20
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New International Version
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

New Living Translation
Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!

English Standard Version
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

New American Standard Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

King James Bible
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

International Standard Version
Deceit is at home in the heart of those who plan evil, but those who promote peace rejoice.

NET Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Deceit in the heart of the evil devises evil, and those that counsel peace will have joy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Deceit is in the heart of those who plan evil, but joy belongs to those who advise peace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Deceit is in the heart of those whose thoughts are evil, but joy in that of those whose thoughts are good.

King James 2000 Bible
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace there is joy.

American King James Version
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

American Standard Version
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy followeth them that take counsels of peace.

Darby Bible Translation
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

English Revised Version
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.

World English Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but joy comes to the promoters of peace.

Young's Literal Translation
Deceit is in the heart of those devising evil, And to those counselling peace is joy.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:16. A foolish man is soon angry, and is hasty in expressing it; he is ever in trouble and running into mischief. It is kindness to ourselves to make light of injuries and affronts, instead of making the worst of them. 17. It is good for all to dread and detest the sin of lying, and to be governed by honesty. 18. Whisperings and evil surmises, like a sword, separate those that have been dear to each other. The tongue of the wise is health, making all whole. 19. If truth be spoken, it will hold good; whoever may be disobliged, still it will keep its ground. 20. Deceit and falsehood bring terrors and perplexities. But those who consult the peace and happiness of others have joy in their own minds. 21. If men are sincerely righteous, the righteous God has engaged that no evil shall happen to them. But they that delight in mischief shall have enough of it. 22. Make conscience of truth, not only in words, but in actions. 23. Foolish men proclaim to all the folly and emptiness of their minds. 24. Those who will not take pains in an honest calling, living by tricks and dishonesty, are paltry and beggarly. 25. Care, fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, deprive men of vigour in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad. 26. The righteous is abundant; though not in this world's goods, yet in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, which are the true riches. Evil men vainly flatter themselves that their ways are not wrong. 27. The slothful man makes no good use of the advantages Providence puts in his way, and has no comfort in them. The substance of a diligent man, though not great, does good to him and his family. He sees that God gives it to him in answer to prayer. 28. The way of religion is a straight, plain way; it is the way of righteousness. There is not only life at the end, but life in the way; all true comfort.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil; i.e. that give evil advice; such are treacherous counsellors, and their advice can only work mischief, not joy and comfort (see on Proverbs 3:29). But to the counsellors of peace (health and prosperity) is joy. They who give wholesome advice diffuse joy around. Vulgate, "Joy attends them;" Septuagint, "They shall be glad;" but the original signifies rather to cause joy than to feel it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil,.... That secretly devise mischief in their hearts against their neighbours; that plough evil, as the word (g) signifies, and sow discord among men; and by many artful and deceitful methods promote contention and division, in order to answer some base designs of theirs; but sooner or later they are deceived themselves, are disappointed of their views, the consequence of which is vexation and sorrow;

but to the counsellors of peace is joy: such who consult the good of others, who advise to peace, concord, and unity; who seek to cultivate it in their families and neighbourhoods, and in the church of God, in which, if they succeed, they have joy and pleasure; if not, they have a satisfaction, in their own minds and consciences that they have done what is right and good; such have a conscience peace now, and an eternal one hereafter; or, as Aben Ezra calls it, the joy of salvation; see Matthew 5:9.

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. that imagine—or, "plan" (Pr 3:29). They design a deceitful course, to which, with all its evils and dangers to others and themselves, the happiness of peace-makers is opposed (compare Mt 5:9; Ro 12:18).

Proverbs 12:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
19Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment. 20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 22:4
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father's death they became his advisers, to his undoing.

Proverbs 12:19
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

Proverbs 12:21
No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

Proverbs 26:24
Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
Treasury of Scripture

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

deceit

Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous …

Proverbs 26:24-26 He that hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him…

Jeremiah 17:16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: …

Mark 7:21,22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

Mark 12:14-17 And when they were come, they say to him, Master, we know that you …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

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Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the …

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

1 Peter 3:8-13 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

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