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Proverbs 12:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A man shall be commended according to his wisdom; But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A man is commended according to his wisdom; but he that is of a perverted heart shall be despised.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In proportion to his prudence, is a man, to be praised, but, the perverse in heart, shall be an object of contempt.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— According to his wisdom is a man praised, And the perverted of heart becometh despised.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A man shall be known by his learning: but he that is vain and foolish, shall be exposed to contempt.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A man shall be commended according to his wisedome: but hee that is of a peruerse heart, shall be despised.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The mouth of an understanding [man] is praised by a man; but he that is dull of heart is had in derision.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
shall be commended 1984
{1984} Prime
A primitive root; to be clear (originally of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate; also to stultify.
<8792> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 93
according 6310
{6310} Prime
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
to his wisdom: 7922
{7922} Prime
From H7919; intelligence; by implication success.
but he that is of a perverse 5753
{5753} Prime
A primitive root; to crook, literally or figuratively.
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
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.
shall be x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
despised. 937
{0937} Prime
From H0936; disrespect.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 12:8

_ _ despised — as opposed to commended (Proverbs 11:12).

_ _ perverse heart — or, “wicked principles,” as opposed to one of wisdom.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 12:8

_ _ We are here told whence to expect a good name. Reputation is what most have a high regard to and stand much upon. Now it is certain, 1. The best reputation is that which attends virtue and serious piety, and the prudent conduct of life: A man shall be commended by all that are wise and good, in conformity to the judgment of God himself, which we are sure is according to truth, not according to his riches or preferments, his craft and subtlety, but according to his wisdom, the honesty of his designs and the prudent choice of means to compass them. 2. The worst reproach is that which follows wickedness and an opposition to that which is good: He that is of a perverse heart, that turns aside to crooked ways, and goes on frowardly in them, shall be despised. Providence will bring him to poverty and contempt, and all that have a true sense of honour will despise him as unworthy to be dealt with and unfit to be trusted, as a blemish and scandal to mankind.

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Genesis 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, [there is] none so discreet and wise as thou [art]:
1 Samuel 16:18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, [that is] cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD [is] with him.
1 Samuel 18:30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, [that] David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.
Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who [is] as the wise [man]? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.
Luke 12:42-44 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season? ... Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. ... If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
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 10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.


Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Proverbs 5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
1 Samuel 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he [is such] a son of Belial, that [a man] cannot speak to him.
Psalms 132:18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
Malachi 2:8-9 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. ... Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
Matthew 27:4-5 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What [is that] to us? see thou [to that]. ... And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

of a perverse heart:
Heb. perverse of heart
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Gn 41:39. 1S 13:13; 16:18; 18:30; 25:17. Ps 132:18. Pv 1:26; 3:35; 5:23. Ec 8:1. Dn 12:2. Mal 2:8. Mt 27:4. Lk 12:42; 16:8. Ac 12:23. 1Co 3:10; 4:5. 2Co 10:18.

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