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Proverbs 12:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace [is] joy.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Deceit, is in the heart of contrivers of mischief, but, to the counselors of peace, shall be joy.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Deceit [is] in the heart of those devising evil, And to those counselling peace [is] joy.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy followeth them that take counsels of peace.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine euill: but to the counsellours of peace, [is] ioy.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [There is] deceit in the heart of him that imagines evil; but they that love peace shall rejoice.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Deceit 4820
{4820} Prime
From H7411 in the sense of deceiving; fraud.
[is] in the heart 3820
{3820} Prime
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
of them that imagine 2790
{2790} Prime
A primitive root; to scratch, that is, (by implication) to engrave, plough; hence (from the use of tools) to fabricate (of any material); figuratively to devise (in a bad sense); hence (from the idea of secrecy) to be silent, to let alone; hence (by implication) to be deaf (as an accompaniment of dumbness).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
evil: 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
but to the counsellors 3289
{3289} Prime
A primitive root; to advise; reflexively to deliberate or resolve.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
of peace 7965
{7965} Prime
From H7999; safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is, health, prosperity, peace.
[is] joy. 8057
{8057} Prime
From H8056; blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 12:20

_ _ that imagine — or, “plan” (Proverbs 3:29). They design a deceitful course, to which, with all its evils and dangers to others and themselves, the happiness of peace-makers is opposed (compare Matthew 5:9; Romans 12:18).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 12:20

_ _ Note, 1. Those that devise mischief contrive, for the accomplishing of it, how to impose upon others; but it will prove, in the end, that they deceive themselves. Those that imagine evil, under colour of friendship, have their hearts full of this and the other advantage and satisfaction which they shall gain by it, but it is all a cheat. Let them imagine it ever so artfully, deceivers will be deceived. 2. Those that consult the good of their neighbours, that study the things which make for peace and give peaceable advice, promote healing attempts and contrive healing methods, and, according as their sphere is, further the public welfare, will have not only the credit, but the comfort of it. They will have joy and success, perhaps beyond their expectation. Blessed are the peace-makers.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 12:20

Deceit — They whose hearts devise mischief shall be deceived in their hopes, and bring trouble upon themselves: but they who by good counsels labour to promote peace, shall reap the comfort of it themselves.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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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; ... [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the [whole] congregation.
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.
Mark 7:21-22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, ... Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mark 12:14-17 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? ... And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,


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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ... Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
1 Peter 3:8-13 Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous: ... And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
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Pv 12:12; 26:24. Is 9:6. Jr 17:16. Zc 6:13. Mt 5:9. Mk 7:21; 12:14. Ro 1:29. He 12:14. 1P 3:8.

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