Proverbs 2:12
New International Version
Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,

New Living Translation
Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.

English Standard Version
delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,

Berean Study Bible
to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perversity,

New American Standard Bible
To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;

King James Bible
To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

Christian Standard Bible
It will rescue you from the way of evil--from anyone who says perverse things,

Contemporary English Version
Wisdom will protect you from evil schemes and from those liars

Good News Translation
and prevent you from doing the wrong thing. They will keep you away from people who stir up trouble by what they say--

Holman Christian Standard Bible
rescuing you from the way of evil-- from the one who says perverse things,

International Standard Version
delivering you from the way of evil, from men who speak perverse things,

NET Bible
to deliver you from the way of the wicked, from those speaking perversity,

New Heart English Bible
to deliver you from the way of evil, from the men who speak perverse things;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you may be delivered from evil ways and from men speaking contradictions

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Wisdom will] save you from the way of evil, from the person who speaks devious things,

JPS Tanakh 1917
To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak froward things;

New American Standard 1977
To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;

Jubilee Bible 2000
to deliver thee from the evil way, from the man that speaks perversion,

King James 2000 Bible
To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks perverse things;

American King James Version
To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks fraudulent things;

American Standard Version
To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
to deliver thee from the evil way, and from the man that speaks nothing faithfully.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou mayst be delivered from the evil way, and from the man that speaketh perverse things:

Darby Bible Translation
To deliver thee from the way of evil, from the man that speaketh froward things;

English Revised Version
To deliver thee from the way of evil, from the men that speak froward things;

Webster's Bible Translation
To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

World English Bible
to deliver you from the way of evil, from the men who speak perverse things;

Young's Literal Translation
To deliver thee from an evil way, From any speaking froward things,
Study Bible
The Benefits of Wisdom
11Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you, 12to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perversity, 13from those who leave the straight paths to walk in the ways of darkness,…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:12
A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth,

Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Proverbs 23:33
Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will utter perversities.

Proverbs 28:26
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.

Treasury of Scripture

To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks fraudulent things;

deliver

Proverbs 1:10-19
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not…

Proverbs 4:14-17
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men

Proverbs 9:6
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

from the man

Proverbs 3:32
For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Proverbs 16:28-30
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends…







Lexicon
to deliver you
לְ֭הַצִּ֣ילְךָ (lə·haṣ·ṣî·lə·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5337: To strip, plunder, deliver oneself, be delivered, snatch away, deliver

from the way
מִדֶּ֣רֶךְ (mid·de·reḵ)
Preposition-m | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

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

from the man
מֵ֝אִ֗ישׁ (mê·’îš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

who speaks
מְדַבֵּ֥ר (mə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

perversity,
תַּהְפֻּכֽוֹת׃ (tah·pu·ḵō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8419: Perversity, perverse thing
(12) Froward things.--(Heb., tahp�khoth), i.e., misrepresentations, distortions of the truth.

Verse 12. - To deliver thee from the way of the evil man. The first special advantage resulting from the protecting guardianship of discretion and understanding. From the way of the evil man; properly, from an evil way; Hebrew, מִדֶּרֶך רָע (midarek ra), not necessarily, though by implication, connected with man, as in the Authorized Version. רָע (ra), "evil," "wicked," in an ethical sense, is an adjective, as in Jeremiah 3:16 (לֵב רָע, lev ra), "an evil heart;" cf. the LXX., ἀπὸ ὁδοῦ κακῆς; the Vulgate, Targum, and Arabic, a vid mala, and the Syriac, a viis pravis. "Way," is here used in the sense of "conduct," and the evil way is a line of conduct or action which is essentially wicked or evil. The teacher has already Warned youth against the temptations and dangers of the way of evil men in Proverbs 1:10-15; he now shows that discretion, arising from wisdom being resident in the heart, will be a sufficient safeguard against its allurements. From the man that speaketh froward things. Perverse utterances are here brought in contradistinction to the evil way or froward conduct. Man (אִשׁ ish) is here used generically, as the representative of the whole class of base and wicked men, since all the following verbs are in the plural, Froward things. The word תַּהְפֻכוֹּת (tah'pucoth), here translated "froward things," is derived from the root צּצּצּ (haphak), "to turn," "to pervert," and should be translated "perverseness." Perverseness is the wilful misrepresentation of that which is good and true. The utterances are of a distorted and tortuous character. The word, only found in the plural, is abstract in form, and is of frequent, though not of exclusive, occurrence in the Proverbs. It is attributed to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 32:20. It is met with again in such expressions as "the mouth of perverseness," Authorized Version "froward mouth" (Proverbs 8:13); "the tongue of perverseness," "froward tongue," Authorized Version (Proverbs 10:31); "the man of perverseness," "froward man," Authorized Version (Proverbs 16:28). What is here said of wicked men is attributed to drunkards in Proverbs 23:33, "Thine heart shall utter perverse things." The expression finds its explanation in Proverbs 6:13, 14. The spirit which indulges in this perverseness is stubborn, scornful, self-willed, and rebellious, and it is from such a spirit that discretion is a preservative. In Job 5:13 it is said that "the counsel of the froward is carried headlong" (see also 2 Samuel 22:27; Psalm 18:26; Psalm 101:4). The LXX. rendering of this word is μηδὲν πιστόν, "nothing trustworthy," which is amplified in the Arabic, quod nullam in se continet veritatem, "that which contains in itself no truth." 2:10-22 If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil company and evil practices. When wisdom has dominion over us, then it not only fills the head, but enters into the heart, and will preserve, both against corruptions within and temptations without. The ways of sin are ways of darkness, uncomfortable and unsafe: what fools are those who leave the plain, pleasant, lightsome paths of uprightness, to walk in such ways! They take pleasure in sin; both in committing it, and in seeing others commit it. Every wise man will shun such company. True wisdom will also preserve from those who lead to fleshly lusts, which defile the body, that living temple, and war against the soul. These are evils which excite the sorrow of every serious mind, and cause every reflecting parent to look upon his children with anxiety, lest they should be entangled in such fatal snares. Let the sufferings of others be our warnings. Our Lord Jesus deters from sinful pleasures, by the everlasting torments which follow them. It is very rare that any who are caught in this snare of the devil, recover themselves; so much is the heart hardened, and the mind blinded, by the deceitfulness of this sin. Many think that this caution, besides the literal sense, is to be understood as a caution against idolatry, and subjecting the soul to the body, by seeking any forbidden object. The righteous must leave the earth as well as the wicked; but the earth is a very different thing to them. To the wicked it is all the heaven they ever shall have; to the righteous it is the place of preparation for heaven. And is it all one to us, whether we share with the wicked in the miseries of their latter end, or share those everlasting joys that shall crown believers?
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