Proverbs 12:6
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New International Version
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

New Living Translation
The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives.

English Standard Version
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.

New American Standard Bible
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

King James Bible
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

International Standard Version
The words of the wicked lead to bloodshed, but the speech of the upright delivers them.

NET Bible
The words of the wicked lie in wait to shed innocent blood, but the words of the upright will deliver them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The words of the evil lie in ambush for blood, and the mouth of the upright delivers them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The words of wicked people are a deadly ambush, but the words of decent people rescue.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

American King James Version
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

American Standard Version
The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood; But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood: the mouth of the just shall deliver them.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of the wicked are a lying-in-wait for blood; but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

English Revised Version
The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

World English Bible
The words of the wicked are about lying in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

Young's Literal Translation
The words of the wicked are: 'Lay wait for blood,' And the mouth of the upright delivereth them.
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 6. - The words of the wicked are to lie in wait - a lying in wait - for blood (see Proverbs 1:11). The wicked, by their lies, slanders, false accusations, etc., endanger men's lives, as Jezebel compassed Naboth's death by false witness (1 Kings 21:13). The mouth of the upright shall deliver them; i.e. the innocent whose blood the wicked seek. The good plead the cause of the oppressed, using their eloquence in their favour, as in the Apocryphal Story of Susannah, Daniel saved the accused woman from the slanders of the elders.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood,.... Which some understand of perjury and false witness, as Jarchi, whereby the lives of innocent persons are taken away: or it may be interpreted either of the smooth words and fair speeches, and secret artifices, antichrist and his emissaries make use of to entrap the innocent, and draw them into their net, to their ruin; see Psalm 10:7; as the Jews attempted to deal with Christ, Luke 20:20; or of the laws and edicts of the beast, that such should be killed who would not worship his image; and with the blood of these innocent ones the whore of Rome is said to be drunk, Revelation 13:15;

but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them: the innocent laid in wait for; either by their prayers to God, which are of great avail with him, and through whose importunity he will avenge his elect, and deliver them; or through their apologies for them, and defences of them, as in the times of Pagan persecution; or rather through the doctrines of the reformation, whereby many simple and unwary souls were delivered, who were in danger of being ensnared; and whereby the eyes of many princes were opened, and were stirred up to protect those innocent ones, and prevent their blood being shed.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. The words—or, "expressed designs" of the wicked are for evil purposes.

the mouth—or, "words" of the righteous delivering instead of ensnaring men.

Proverbs 12:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
5The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. 7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:11
If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for innocent blood, let's ambush some harmless soul;

Proverbs 1:16
for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

Proverbs 12:5
The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

Proverbs 14:3
A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.
Treasury of Scripture

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

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Proverbs 1:11-19 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

2 Samuel 17:1-4 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve …

Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: …

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

Micah 7:1,2 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, …

Acts 23:12,15 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound …

Acts 25:3 And desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, …

Esther 4:7-14 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened to him…

Esther 7:4-6 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and …

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