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Proverbs 12:5

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— The thoughts of the righteous are just, [But] the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— The thoughts of the righteous are just: [but] the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The thoughts of the righteous are just; [But] the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The thoughts of the righteous are right; the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The plans of the righteous, are just, but, the counsels of the lawless, are deceitful.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The thoughts of the righteous [are] justice, The counsels of the wicked—deceit.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The thoughts of the just are judgments: and the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— The thoughtes of the iust are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceitfull.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: but the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— The thoughts of the righteous are upright; but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The thoughts of the righteous [are true] judgments; but ungodly men devise deceits.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The thoughts 4284
{4284} Prime
From H2803; a contrivance, that is, (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice).
of the righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
[are] right: 4941
{4941} Prime
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style.
[but] the counsels 8458
{8458} Prime
From H2254 as denominative from H2256; (only in plural) properly steerage (as a management of ropes), that is, (figuratively) guidance or (by implication) a plan.
of the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
[are] deceit. 4820
{4820} Prime
From H7411 in the sense of deceiving; fraud.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 12:5

_ _ thoughts — or, “purposes.”

_ _ are right — literally, “are judgment,” that is, true decisions.

_ _ counsels — (Compare Proverbs 11:14).

_ _ deceit — contrary to truth and honesty.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 12:5

_ _ Note, 1. The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and judges them. We mistake if we imagine that thoughts are free. No, they are under the divine cognizance, and therefore under the divine command. 2. We ought to be observers of the thoughts and intents of our own hearts, and to judge of ourselves by them; for they are the first-born of the soul, that have most of its image undisguised. Right thoughts are a righteous man's best evidences, as nothing more certainly proves a man wicked than wicked contrivances and designs. A good man may have in his mind bad suggestions, but he does not indulge them and harbour them till they are ripened into bad projects and resolutions. 3. It is a man's honour to mean honestly, and to have his thoughts right, though a word or action may be misplaced, or mistimed, or at least misinterpreted. But it is a man's shame to lie always at catch, to act with deceit, with trick and design, not only with a long reach, but with an overreach.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 11:23 The desire of the righteous [is] only good: [but] the expectation of the wicked [is] wrath.
Proverbs 24:9 The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
Psalms 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Psalms 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?


Psalms 12:2-3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak. ... The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, [and] the tongue that speaketh proud things:
Psalms 36:2-4 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. ... He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way [that is] not good; he abhorreth not evil.
Psalms 41:6-7 And if he come to see [me], he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; [when] he goeth abroad, he telleth [it]. ... All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
Psalms 140:1-3 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; ... They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison [is] under their lips. Selah.
Matthew 2:3-8 When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. ... And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found [him], bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Matthew 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill [him].
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
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Ps 12:2; 36:2; 41:6; 119:15; 139:23; 140:1. Pv 11:23; 24:9. Is 55:7. Jr 4:14. Mt 2:3, 16; 26:4. 1Co 4:5. 2Co 4:2.

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