Proverbs 12:10
New International Version
The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

New Living Translation
The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.

English Standard Version
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

Berean Study Bible
A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are only cruelty.

New American Standard Bible
A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

King James Bible
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Christian Standard Bible
The righteous cares about his animal's health, but even the merciful acts of the wicked are cruel.

Contemporary English Version
Good people are kind to their animals, but a mean person is cruel.

Good News Translation
Good people take care of their animals, but wicked people are cruel to theirs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A righteous man cares about his animal's health, but even the merciful acts of the wicked are cruel.

International Standard Version
The righteous person looks out for the welfare of his livestock, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

NET Bible
A righteous person cares for the life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.

New Heart English Bible
A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The righteous one is aware of the soul of his animal, and the evil withhold their compassions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A righteous person cares [even] about the life of his animals, but the compassion of wicked people is [nothing but] cruelty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

New American Standard 1977
A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, But the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The righteous is merciful even unto his beast, but the piety of the wicked is cruel.

King James 2000 Bible
A righteous man regards the life of his animal: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

American King James Version
A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

American Standard Version
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A righteous man has pity for the lives of his cattle; but the bowels of the ungodly are unmerciful.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The just regardeth the lives of his beasts: but the bowels of the wicked are cruel.

Darby Bible Translation
A righteous man is concerned for the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

English Revised Version
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Webster's Bible Translation
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

World English Bible
A righteous man respects the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Young's Literal Translation
The righteous knoweth the life of his beast, And the mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Study Bible
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
9Better to be lightly esteemed, yet have a servant, than to be self-important but lack food. 10A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are only cruelty. 11He who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks judgment.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:9
For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it about oxen that God is concerned?

Numbers 22:29
Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now!"

Deuteronomy 25:4
Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.

Proverbs 12:9
Better to be lightly esteemed, yet have a servant, than to be self-important but lack food.

Treasury of Scripture

A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

righteous

Genesis 33:13,14
And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die…

Numbers 22:28-32
And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? …

Deuteronomy 25:4
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

but

Genesis 37:26-28
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? …

Judges 1:7
And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.

1 Samuel 11:2
And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.

tender mercies

1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?







Lexicon
A righteous [man]
צַ֭דִּיק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

regards
יוֹדֵ֣עַ (yō·w·ḏê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

the life
נֶ֣פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

of his animal,
בְּהֶמְתּ֑וֹ (bə·hem·tōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 929: A dumb beast, any large quadruped, animal

but the tender mercies
וְֽרַחֲמֵ֥י (wə·ra·ḥă·mê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7356: Compassion, the womb, a maiden

of the wicked
רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

are only cruelty.
אַכְזָרִֽי׃ (’aḵ·zā·rî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 394: Terrible
(10) Regardeth the life of his beast.--Rather, knows their feelings (comp. Exodus 23:9), and so can feel for them. God's own care for the brute creation (Jonah 4:11) was shown in the merciful provisions of the Law, by which cattle shared the rest of the Sabbath, and had their portion of the corn as it was being trodden out (Deuteronomy 25:4).

Tender mercies.--What the wicked calls tenderness and kind treatment is really cruelty, as he takes no thought for the comfort of his beast.

Verse 10. - A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast. For "regardeth," the Hebrew word is literally "knoweth" (Exodus 23:9); he knows what animals want, what they can bear, and treats them accordingly (comp. Proverbs 27:23). The LXX. translates "pitieth." The care for the lower animals, and their kind treatment, are not the produce of modern sentiment and civilization. Mosaic legislation and various expressions in Scripture recognize the duty. God's mercies are over all his works; he saves both man and beast; he hateth nothing that he hath made (Psalm 36:6; Psalm 145:9; Jonah 4:11; Wisd. 11:24). So he enacted that the rest of the sabbath should extend to the domestic animals (Exodus 20:10); that a man should help the over-burdened beast, even of his enemy (Exodus 23:4, 5); that the unequal strength of the ox and the ass should not be yoked together in the plough (Deuteronomy 22:10); that the ox should not be muzzled when he was treading out the corn (Deuteronomy 25:4): that the sitting bird should not be taken from her little brood (Deuteronomy 22:6), nor a kid seethed in its mother's milk (Exodus 23:19). Such humane injunctions were perhaps specially needed at a time when man's life was little regarded, and animal sacrifices had a tendency to make men cruel and unfeeling, when their symbolical meaning was obscured by long familiarity. These enactments regarding animals, and the mysterious significance affixed to the blood (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:10-14), afforded speaking lessons of tenderness and consideration for the inferior creatures, and a fortiori taught regard for the happiness and comfort of fellow men. Our blessed Lord has spoken of God's ears of flowers and the lower creatures of his hand. But the tender mercies; literally, the bowels, regarded as the seat of feeling. The wicked cannot be supposed to have "tender mercies;" hence it is best to take the word in the sense of "feelings," "affections." What should be mercy and love are in an evil man only hard-heartedness and cruelty. 12:10. A godly man would not put even an animal to needless pain. But the wicked often speak of others as well used, when they would not endure like treatment for a single day. 11. It is men's wisdom to mind their business, and follow an honest calling. But it is folly to neglect business; and the grace of God teaches men to disdain nothing but sin. 12. When the ungodly see others prosper by sin, they wish they could act in the same way. But the root of Divine grace, in the heart of the righteous, produces other desires and purposes. 13. Many a man has paid dear in this world for the transgression of his lips.
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