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

New Living Translation
Don't plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.

English Standard Version
Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.

New American Standard Bible
Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.

King James Bible
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't plan any harm against your neighbor, for he trusts you and lives near you.

International Standard Version
Do not plan to harm your neighbor, when he is living peacefully beside you.

NET Bible
Do not plot evil against your neighbor when he dwells by you unsuspectingly.

New Heart English Bible
Do not devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not devise evil against your neighbor who sits with you in the quiet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not plan to do something wrong to your neighbor while he is sitting there with you and suspecting nothing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

New American Standard 1977
Do not devise harm against your neighbor,
            While he lives in security beside you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not devise evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwells securely by thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Devise not evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.

American King James Version
Devise not evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.

American Standard Version
Devise not evil against thy neighbor, Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Practise not evil against thy friend, when he hath confidence in thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

English Revised Version
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

World English Bible
Don't devise evil against your neighbor, since he dwells securely by you.

Young's Literal Translation
Devise not against thy neighbour evil, And he sitting confidently with thee.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
28Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you. 29Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you. 30Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:14
Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.

Proverbs 14:22
Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

Zechariah 8:17
'Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,' declares the LORD."
Treasury of Scripture

Devise not evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.

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Proverbs 6:14,18 Frowardness is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord…

Proverbs 16:29,30 A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him into the way that …

Psalm 35:20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against …

Psalm 55:20 He has put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: …

Psalm 59:3 For, see, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against …

Jeremiah 18:18-20 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Verse 29. - Devise not evil against thy neighbour. This precept is directed against abuse of confidence. Devise not evil (al takharosh raah). The meaning of this expression lies between "fabricating evil" and "ploughing evil." The radical meaning of kharash, from which takharosh, is "to cut into," "to inscribe" letters on a tablet, cognate with the Greek χαράσσειν, "to cut into." But it is used in the sense of "to plough" in Job 4:18, "They that plough iniquity (khar'shey aven)," and Psalm 129:3, "The ploughers ploughed (khar'shim khar'shim) upon my back" (cf. Hosea 10:13). This also appears from the context to be the meaning in Proverbs 6:14. With these we may compare such expressions as "to plough a lie" (μὴ ἀροτρία ψεύδος, rendered in the Authorized Version, "Devise not a lie"); see Proverbs 7:12, and "to sow iniquity," Proverbs 22:8 - a cognate figure. "To plough evil" is to devise evil, to prepare for it, just in the same way as a ploughman prepares the land for sowing. In this sense the verb is understood by the older commentators and by Ewald and Delitzsch. On the other hand, the verb may be used in its other signification, "to fabricate," and hence "to contrive." The noun kharash is an artificer of iron, etc. (Exodus 35:35; Deuteronomy 27:15). "To fabricate evil" is, of course, as the Authorized Version "to devise evil." The LXX., μὴ τεκτῄνη, from τεκτείνομαι, "to build," inclines to this sense. The Vulgate, ne moliaris, does not clear up the point, though moliri, usually "to contrive," is used by Virgil, 'Georg.,' 1:494, "moliri terrain," of working or tilling the ground. The verb also occurs in Proverbs 6:19; Proverbs 12:20; Proverbs 14:22. Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee; i.e. as the Vulgate, cure ille in te habet fiduciam, "when he has confidence in thee;" so the LXX.; or, as the Targum and Syriac, "when he dwells with thee in peace." To dwell (yashar) is in Psalm 1:1 "to sit with any one," i.e. to associate familiarly with him (cf. Psalm 26:4, 5); but it also has the meaning , "to dwell," and the participle yoshev, here used; in Genesis 19:23: Judges 6:21, means "an inhabitant, a dweller." Securely (lavetah); i.e. with full trust (see on ver. 23). Devising evil against a friend is at any time reprehensible, but to do so when he confides in and is altogether unsuspicious of you, is an act of the greatest treachery, and an outrage on all law. human and Divine. It implies dissimulation. It is the very sin by which "the devil beguiled Eve through his subtlety" (Wardlaw). Devise not evil against thy neighbour,.... Or, "plough not evil" (i); turn not up thy heart to find evil against thy neighbour, as the earth is turned up by the plough; see Hosea 10:13. Do not contrive and form schemes in thy mind and thoughts to do him any injury, in his name and character, in his person, property, or family: a good man should devise all the good he can to his fellow creatures, but not evil to any; especially to his neighbour, and as described in the next clause;

seeing he dwelleth securely by thee; having a good opinion of thee, and not suspecting any ill design against him, thinks himself, goods, and family, in safety; and is under no concern to provide for his security, placing his confidence in thee, and perhaps to such a degree as to entrust with his secrets. Now to project evil against such a man is exceeding base; it is doubly sinful; this is an aggravation of the iniquity.

(i) "ne ares", Amama. 29, 30. Do not abuse confidence and avoid litigation.3:27-35 Our business is to observe the precepts of Christ, and to copy his example; to do justice, to love mercy, and to beware of covetousness; to be ready for every good work, avoiding needless strife, and bearing evils, if possible, rather than seeking redress by law. It will be found there is little got by striving. Let us not envy prosperous oppressors; far be it from the disciples of Christ to choose any of their ways. These truths may be despised by the covetous and luxurious, but everlasting contempt will be the portion of such scorners, while Divine favour is shown to the humble believer.
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