Proverbs 14:22
New International Version
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

New Living Translation
If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.

English Standard Version
Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.

Berean Study Bible
Do not those who contrive evil go astray? But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and faithfulness.

King James Bible
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

New King James Version
Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

New American Standard Bible
Will they who devise evil not go astray? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

NASB 1995
Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

NASB 1977
Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

Amplified Bible
Do they not go astray who devise evil and wander from the way of righteousness? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

Christian Standard Bible
Don’t those who plan evil go astray? But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t those who plan evil go astray? But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.

American Standard Version
Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth'shall be to them that devise good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil go astray doing evil, and the compassionate and righteous ones do all good things; evildoers do not understand mercy and faith, but compassion and faith are with doers of good.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They that go astray devise evils: but the good devise mercy and truth. The framers of evil do not understand mercy and truth: but compassion and faithfulness are with the framers of good.

Contemporary English Version
It's a mistake to make evil plans, but you will have loyal friends if you want to do right.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They err that work evil: but mercy and truth prepare good things.

English Revised Version
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

Good News Translation
You will earn the trust and respect of others if you work for good; if you work for evil, you are making a mistake.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't those who stray plan what is evil, while those who are merciful and faithful plan what is good?

International Standard Version
Won't those who plot evil go astray? But gracious love and truth are for those who plan what is good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall they not go astray that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be for them that devise good.

Literal Standard Version
Do they who are devising evil not err? And kindness and truth [are] to those devising good,

NET Bible
Do not those who devise evil go astray? But those who plan good exhibit faithful covenant love.

New Heart English Bible
Do they not go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.

World English Bible
Don't they go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.

Young's Literal Translation
Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth are to those devising good,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Wise Woman
21He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor. 22Do not those who contrive evil go astray? But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and faithfulness. 23There is profit in all labor, but mere talk leads only to poverty.…

Cross References
Psalm 36:4
Even on his bed he plots wickedness; he sets himself on a path that is not good; he fails to reject evil.

Proverbs 3:3
Never let loving devotion or faithfulness leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:29
Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he trustfully dwells beside you.

Proverbs 12:2
The good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a man who devises evil.

Proverbs 14:23
There is profit in all labor, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 24:8
He who plots evil will be called a schemer.

Micah 2:1
Woe to those who devise iniquity and plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they accomplish it because the power is in their hands.


Treasury of Scripture

Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

err

Proverbs 22:17
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

Proverbs 12:2
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Isaiah 32:7,8
The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right…

but

Genesis 24:27
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

Psalm 25:10
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 61:7
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

devise

Proverbs 19:22
The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

2 Chronicles 6:8
But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart:









(22) Do they not err that devise evil?--Comp. Wisdom Of Solomon 5:6-7.

Mercy and truth.--God will be merciful, and also fulfil His promises of protection and reward to them (Wisdom Of Solomon 3:9).

Verse 22. - Do they not err that devise evil? or, Will they not go astray? The question is an emphatic mode of asserting the truth. They who meditate and practise evil (Proverbs 3:29; Proverbs 6:14) go astray from the right way - the way of life; their views are distorted, and they no longer see their proper course. Thus the remorseful voluptuary bemoans himself, "We have erred from the way of truth, and the light of righteousness hath not shined unto us We wearied ourselves in the way of wickedness and destruction; yea, we have gone through deserts, where there lay no way; but as for the way of the Lord, we have not known it" (Wisd. 5:6, etc.), Mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good. God's blessing will rest upon them. The combination of "mercy and truth" is found in Psalm 61:7; in Wisd. 3:9 and 4:15, and in 1 Timothy 1:2 we have "grace and mercy" (see note on Proverbs 3:3, where the two words occur in connection; and comp. Proverbs 16:6; Proverbs 20:28). The two graces in the text signify the love and mercy which God bestows on the righteous, and the truth and fidelity with which he keeps the promises which he has made. The Vulgate makes the two graces human, not Divine: "Mercy and truth procure blessings." The Septuagint renders, "The good devise mercy and truth." It adds a paraphrase not found in the Hebrew, "The devisers of evil know not mercy and faith; but alms and faith are with the devisers of good."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Do not
הֲ‍ֽלוֹא־ (hălō·w-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

those who contrive
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

go astray?
יִ֭תְעוּ (yiṯ·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 8582: To vacillate, reel, stray

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

goodness find
טֽוֹב׃ (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

loving devotion
וְחֶ֥סֶד (wə·ḥe·seḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

and truth.
וֶ֝אֱמֶ֗ת (we·’ĕ·meṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness


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