Proverbs 14:22
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New International Version
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

New Living Translation
If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.

English Standard Version
Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.

New American Standard Bible
Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

King James Bible
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't those who plan evil go astray? But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.

International Standard Version
Won't those who plot evil go astray? But gracious love and truth are for those who plan what is good.

NET Bible
Do not those who devise evil go astray? But those who plan good exhibit faithful covenant love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil go astray doing evil, and the compassionate and righteous ones do all good things; evildoers do not understand mercy and faith, but compassion and faith are with doers of good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't those who stray plan what is evil, while those who are merciful and faithful plan what is good?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do they not err that meditate upon evil? but those that meditate upon good shall attain mercy and truth.

King James 2000 Bible
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

American King James Version
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

American Standard Version
Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth'shall be to them that devise good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They err that work evil: but mercy and truth prepare good things.

Darby Bible Translation
Do they not err that devise evil? but loving-kindness and truth are for those that devise good.

English Revised Version
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

World English Bible
Don't they go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.

Young's Literal Translation
Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth are to those devising good,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - Do they not err that devise evil? or, Will they not go astray? The question is an emphatic mode of asserting the truth. They who meditate and practise evil (Proverbs 3:29; Proverbs 6:14) go astray from the right way - the way of life; their views are distorted, and they no longer see their proper course. Thus the remorseful voluptuary bemoans himself, "We have erred from the way of truth, and the light of righteousness hath not shined unto us We wearied ourselves in the way of wickedness and destruction; yea, we have gone through deserts, where there lay no way; but as for the way of the Lord, we have not known it" (Wisd. 5:6, etc.), Mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good. God's blessing will rest upon them. The combination of "mercy and truth" is found in Psalm 61:7; in Wisd. 3:9 and 4:15, and in 1 Timothy 1:2 we have "grace and mercy" (see note on Proverbs 3:3, where the two words occur in connection; and comp. Proverbs 16:6; Proverbs 20:28). The two graces in the text signify the love and mercy which God bestows on the righteous, and the truth and fidelity with which he keeps the promises which he has made. The Vulgate makes the two graces human, not Divine: "Mercy and truth procure blessings." The Septuagint renders, "The good devise mercy and truth." It adds a paraphrase not found in the Hebrew, "The devisers of evil know not mercy and faith; but alms and faith are with the devisers of good."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Do they not err that devise evil?.... Certainly they do; they go astray from the right way, from the word of truth, from the Gospel of Christ, who contrive schemes to commit sin, and do mischief to their neighbours; or who "plough" (t) it, and sow it, and expect a fine harvest; but they will be mistaken, and find it will not turn to account, and that they have took a wrong course, and have gone out of the way: none more mischievous devisers or contrivers of evil than the Papists, and none more sadly and fatally err;

but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good; who devise liberal things, to do good to the poor and needy; to their neighbours, their fellow creatures and fellow Christians: such receive grace and "mercy" at the hands of God, and his "truth" will appear in making good all promises to them; mercy and truth will preserve them from the evil way, and guide them in the right way, so that they shall not err as others do; neither from the doctrines of grace and truth, nor from the practice of them.

(t) "arant", Baynus; "arantibus", Amama; "verbum proprie significat arare", Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. As usual, the interrogative negative strengthens the affirmative.

mercy and truth—that is, God's (Ps 57:3; 61:7).

Proverbs 14:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
21He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor. 22Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good. 23In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.…
Cross References
Psalm 36:4
Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.

Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:29
Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.

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

Proverbs 14:23
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 24:8
Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer.

Micah 2:1
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.
Treasury of Scripture

Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

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Proverbs 22:17 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your …

Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices …

Isaiah 32:7,8 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he devises wicked devices …

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Genesis 24:27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has …

Psalm 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth to such as keep his …

Psalm 61:7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which …

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

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Proverbs 19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

2 Chronicles 6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, For as much as it was in your …

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