Proverbs 12:8
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New International Version
A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.

New Living Translation
A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised.

English Standard Version
A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised.

New American Standard Bible
A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.

King James Bible
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man is praised for his insight, but a twisted mind is despised.

International Standard Version
A man is praised because of his wise words, but the perverted mind will be despised.

NET Bible
A person is praised in accordance with his wisdom, but the one who has a twisted mind is despised.

New Heart English Bible
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he who has a warped mind shall be despised.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The children of men praise the mouth of understanding and he who lacks his reasoning will be despised.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person will be praised based on his insight, but whoever has a twisted mind will be despised.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man shall be commended according to his intelligence; But he that is of a distorted understanding shall be despised.

New American Standard 1977
A man will be praised according to his insight,
            But one of perverse mind will be despised.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

King James 2000 Bible
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

American King James Version
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

American Standard Version
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom; But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man shall be known by his learning: but he that is vain and foolish, shall be exposed to contempt.

Darby Bible Translation
A man is commended according to his wisdom; but he that is of a perverted heart shall be despised.

English Revised Version
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

World English Bible
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he who has a warped mind shall be despised.

Young's Literal Translation
According to his wisdom is a man praised, And the perverted of heart becometh despised.
Study Bible
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand. 8A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised. 9Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:7
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.

Proverbs 12:9
Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.

Proverbs 29:27
An unjust man is abominable to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.

Isaiah 19:14
The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of distortion; They have led Egypt astray in all that it does, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
Treasury of Scripture

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of a perverse heart

(8) According to his wisdom--i.e., intelligent observance of the ends to be pursued in life, and the best means of attaining to them; in other words, finding out the will of God and how to fulfil it.

Shall be despised.--Comp. 1Samuel 2:30.

Verse 8. - According to his wisdom. A man who gives practical proof of wisdom by life and character, whose words and actions show that he is actuated by high views, is praised and acknowledged by all (see on Proverbs 27:21). Thus we read of David, that he behaved himself wisely, "and he was acceptable in the sight of all the people" (1 Samuel 18:5). The Septuagint, taking lephi differently, renders, "The mouth of the prudent is commended by men." He that is of a perverse heart; Vulgate, "a vain and senseless man;" Septuagint, "one slow of heart (νωθροκάρδιος)." One who takes distorted views of things, judges unfairly, has no sympathy for others, shall be despised. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom,.... Not according to his birth and pedigree; not according to his riches and wealth; not according to the places of honour and trust he may be in; but according to his wisdom, which he discovers in his words and actions, in his life and conversation: not according to the wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and devilish; not according to the wisdom of the world, which comes to nought, either natural or civil; especially that which lies in sophistry and subtlety, in wicked craft and cunning, whereby men trick, overreach, and defraud one another; but according to that which is spiritual and evangelical; which lies in the knowledge of Christ, and of God in Christ, and of those things which belong to salvation; the beginning of which is the fear of the Lord, and which comes from above, and is pure and peaceable. A man possessed of this is commended by all wise and good men, and by the Lord himself; as the wise man is by Christ, Matthew 7:24; who builds his house on a rock; for which reason it stands, as in the preceding verse;

but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised; and which appears by the perverse words he speaks against God and Christ; against his people, ways, and worship, as antichrist and his followers do; and by his perverse actions, which are contrary to the light of nature, to the law of God, and Gospel of Christ: and such vile persons are contemned in the eyes of all good men, and are had in abhorrence by the Lord himself; for such who despise him are lightly esteemed; see Proverbs 18:3. 8. despised—as opposed to commended (Pr 11:12).

perverse heart—or, "wicked principles," as opposed to one of wisdom.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.
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