Proverbs 12:20
New International Version
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

New Living Translation
Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!

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

Berean Study Bible
Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but the counselors of peace have joy.

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

New King James Version
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

New American Standard Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

NASB 1995
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

NASB 1977
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

Amplified Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.

Christian Standard Bible
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Deceit in the heart of the evil devises evil, and those that counsel peace will have joy.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
There is deceit in the heart of him that imagines evil; but they that love peace shall rejoice.

Contemporary English Version
An evil mind is deceitful, but gentle thoughts bring happiness.

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.

Good News Translation
Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise, but those who work for good will find happiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Deceit is in the heart of those who plan evil, but joy belongs to those who advise peace.

International Standard Version
Deceit is at home in the heart of those who plan evil, but those who promote peace rejoice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Literal Standard Version
Deceit [is] in the heart of those devising evil, "" But for counselors of peace—joy.

NET Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

New Heart English Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but joy comes to the promoters of peace.

World English Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but joy comes to the promoters of peace.

Young's Literal Translation
Deceit is in the heart of those devising evil, And to those counselling peace is joy.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. 20Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but the counselors of peace have joy. 21No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.…

Cross References
2 Chronicles 22:4
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for to his destruction they were his counselors after the death of his father.

Proverbs 12:19
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

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

Proverbs 26:24
A hateful man disguises himself with his speech, but he lays up deceit in his heart.


Treasury of Scripture

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

deceit

Proverbs 12:12
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Proverbs 26:24-26
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; …

Jeremiah 17:16
As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

but

Isaiah 9:6,7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace…

Zechariah 6:13
Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

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









(20) Deceit is in the heart . . .--Those who plot and devise evil against others begin by deceiving them, and end by deceiving themselves also; whereas the "counsellors of peace," who seek the good of their neighbours, bring joy to them and to themselves also through the satisfaction derived from a good conscience.

Verse 20. - Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil; i.e. that give evil advice; such are treacherous counsellors, and their advice can only work mischief, not joy and comfort (see on Proverbs 3:29). But to the counsellors of peace (health and prosperity) is joy. They who give wholesome advice diffuse joy around. Vulgate, "Joy attends them;" Septuagint, "They shall be glad;" but the original signifies rather to cause joy than to feel it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Deceit
מִ֭רְמָה (mir·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4820: Deceit, treachery

is in the hearts
בְּלֶב־ (bə·leḇ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

of those who devise
חֹ֣רְשֵׁי (ḥō·rə·šê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2790: To cut in, engrave, plow, devise

evil,
רָ֑ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

but the counselors
וּֽלְיֹעֲצֵ֖י (ū·lə·yō·‘ă·ṣê)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3289: To advise, to deliberate, resolve

of peace
שָׁל֣וֹם (šā·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace

have joy.
שִׂמְחָֽה׃ (śim·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8057: Blithesomeness, glee


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