Proverbs 12:20
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English Standard Version
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

King James Bible
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.

American Standard Version
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy followeth them that take counsels of peace.

English Revised Version
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.

Proverbs 12:20 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

14 From the fruit which the mouth of the man bringeth forth is he satisfied with good,

     And what the hands of the man accomplish returns back to him.

The proverb finds its final verification in the last judgment (cf. Matthew 12:37), but it is also illustrated in the present life. If the mouth of a man bringeth forth fruit - namely, the fruit of wholesome doctrine, of right guidance, of comforting exhortation, of peace-bringing consolation for others - this fruit is also to his own advantage, he richly enjoys the good which flows out of his own mouth, the blessing he bestows is also a blessing for himself. The same also is the case with the actions of a man. That which is done, or the service which is rendered by his hands, comes back to him as a reward or as a punishment. גּמוּל signifies primarily accomplishment, execution, and is a twofold, double-sided conception: a rendering of good or evil, and merit on the side of men (whether merited reward or merited punishment), as well as recompense, requital on the side of God. The first line is repeated, somewhat altered, at Proverbs 13:2; Proverbs 18:20. The whole proverb is prophetically echoed in Isaiah 3:10. The Kerı̂ ישׁיב has Jahve as the subject, or rather the subject remains undefined, and "one requites him" is equivalent to: it is requited to him. The Chethı̂b seems to us more expressive; but this use of the active with the undefined subject, instead of the passive, is certainly as much in the Mishle style (cf. Proverbs 13:21) as the development of the subject of the clause from a foregoing genitive.

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deceit

Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

Proverbs 26:24-26 He that hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him...

Jeremiah 17:16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: neither have I desired the woeful day; you know...

Mark 7:21,22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders...

Mark 12:14-17 And when they were come, they say to him, Master, we know that you are true, and care for no man: for you regard not the person of men...

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder...

but

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful...

Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on his throne...

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1 Peter 3:8-13 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brothers, be pitiful, be courteous...

Cross References
2 Chronicles 22:4
He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing.

Proverbs 12:19
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Proverbs 12:21
No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.

Proverbs 26:24
Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;

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