Proverbs 12:12
New International Version
The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.

New Living Translation
Thieves are jealous of each other's loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.

English Standard Version
Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.

Berean Study Bible
The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

King James Bible
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Christian Standard Bible
The wicked desire what evil people have caught, but the root of the righteous is productive.

Contemporary English Version
An evil person tries to hide behind evil; good people are like trees with deep roots.

Good News Translation
All that wicked people want is to find evil things to do, but the righteous stand firm.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked desire what evil men have, but the root of the righteous produces fruit.

International Standard Version
The wicked desires what evil people gain, but the foundation of the righteous is productive.

NET Bible
The wicked person desires a stronghold, but the righteous root endures.

New Heart English Bible
The wicked desires the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil one lusts to do evil, and the root of the righteous ones will sprout.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person delights in setting a trap for [other] evil people, but the roots of righteous people produce [fruit].

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked desireth the prey of evil men; But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

New American Standard 1977
The wicked desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked desires the net of evil men, but the root of the righteous shall yield fruit.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

American King James Version
The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yields fruit.

American Standard Version
The wicked desireth the net of evil men; But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit .

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The desires of the ungodly are evil; but the roots of the godly are firmly set.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The desire of the wicked is the fortification of evil men: but the root of the just shall prosper.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]; but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].

English Revised Version
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

World English Bible
The wicked desires the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked hath desired the net of evil doers, And the root of the righteous giveth.
Study Bible
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
11He who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks judgment. 12The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes. 13An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but a righteous man escapes from trouble.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.

Proverbs 21:10
The soul of the wicked craves evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

Treasury of Scripture

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

desireth

Proverbs 1:17-19
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird…

Proverbs 29:5,6
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet…

Psalm 9:15
The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

net or fortress

Proverbs 10:15
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

the root

Psalm 1:3
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Isaiah 27:6
He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

Isaiah 37:31
And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:







Lexicon
The wicked
רָ֭שָׁע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

desire
חָמַ֣ד (ḥā·maḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2530: To desire, take pleasure in

the plunder
מְצ֣וֹד (mə·ṣō·wḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4685: A net, a, fastness, tower

of evil men,
רָעִ֑ים (rā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

but the root
וְשֹׁ֖רֶשׁ (wə·šō·reš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8328: A root

of the righteous
צַדִּיקִ֣ים (ṣad·dî·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

flourishes.
יִתֵּֽן׃ (yit·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set
(12) The wicked desireth the net of evil men--i.e., to enrich himself by prey as they do; but the "root of the righteous yieldeth fruit," by their own exertion they gain all they require without injuring others.

Verse 12. - Modern commentators have endeavoured to amend the text of this verse by various methods, which may be seen in Nowack's note on the passage; but the existing reading gives an appropriate sense, and alteration is not absolutely needed, though it is plain that the LXX had before them something different from the Masoretic text. The wicked desireth the net of evil men (Ecclesiastes 7:26), that he may use the means which they take to enrich themselves; or matsod may mean, not the instrument, but the prey - "such booty as evil men capture;" or yet again, the word may mean "fortress," i.e. the wicked seeks the protection of evil men. So the Vulgate, Desiderium impii munimentum est pessimorum, "What the wicked desire is the support of evil men," or, it may be, "the defense of evil men," i.e. that these may be secured from suppression and interruption. Another interpretation, which, however, seems somewhat forced, is that "the net" is a metaphor for the judgment of God, which overtakes sinners, and into which they run with such blind infatuation that they seem to "desire" it, The safest explanation is the second one given above, which signifies that the wicked man seeks by every means to obtain the prey which he sees sinners obtain, and, as is implied, gets small return for his labour, does not advance his interests. But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. The root supplies the sap and vigour needed for healthy produce. Without any evil devices or plotting, the righteous gain all that they want as the natural result of their high principles. Another hindering is, "He (the Lord) will give a root of the righteous," will enable them to stand firm in time of trial. Septuagint, "The desires of the impious are evil; but the roots of the pious are in strongholds," i.e. are secure. 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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