Proverbs 10:12
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English Standard Version
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

King James Bible
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

American Standard Version
Hatred stirreth up strifes; But love covereth all transgressions.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hatred stirreth up strifes: and charity covereth all sins.

English Revised Version
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all transgressions.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

There now follow two proverbs regarding the blessings and the curses which come to men, and which flow forth from them. Here, however, as throughout, we take each proverb by itself, that it might not appear as if we had a tetrastich before us. The first of these two antithetic distichs is:

Blessings (come) on the head of the just;

But violence covereth the mouth of the godless.

Blessings are, without being distinguished, bestowed as well as prayed for from above. Regarding the undistinguished uses of לראשׁ (of a recompense of reward), בּראשׁ (of penal recompense), and על־ראשׁ (especially of punishment), vid., under Genesis 49:26. If we understand, with Ewald, Bertheau, Elster, Zckler, and others, the two lines after Proverbs 10:11, Proverbs 19:28, cf. Proverbs 10:18 : the mouth of the wicked covers (hides under a mask) violence, inasmuch as he speaks words of blessing while thoughts of malediction lurk behind them (Psalm 62:5), then we renounce the sharpness of the contrast. On the contrary, it is preserved if we interpret וּפי as object: the violence that has gone out from it covereth the mouth of the wicked, i.e., it falls back upon his foul mouth; or as Fleischer (and Oetinger almost the same) paraphrases it: the deeds of violence that have gone forth from them are given back to them in curses and maledictions, so that going back they stop, as it were, their mouth, they bring them to silence; for it is unnecessary to take פי synecdochically for פני (cf. e.g., Psalm 69:8), since in בּרכות 6a are perhaps chiefly meant blessings of thankful acknowledgment on the part of men, and the giving prominence to the mouth of the wicked from which nothing good proceeds is well accounted for. The parallels do not hinder us thus to explain, since parts of proverbs repeating themselves in the Book of Proverbs often show a change of the meaning (vid., p. 24f.). Hitzig's conjecture, יכּסה (better יכסּה), is unnecessary; for elsewhere we read, as here, that חמס (violence), jure talionis, covers, יכּסּה, the wicked, Habakkuk 2:17, or that he, using "violence," therewith covers the whole of his external appearance, i.e., gives to it the branded impress of the unrighteousness he has done (vid., Khler under Malachi 2:16).

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Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.

James 4:1 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?


Proverbs 17:9 He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a matter separates very friends.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up,

James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death...

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

James 5:20
let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 17:9
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 30:33
For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

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