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Proverbs 14:22 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Do they not err that devise evil? But mercy and truth [shall be to] them that devise good.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth [will be to] those who devise good.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Do they not err that devise evil? but loving-kindness and truth are for those that devise good.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Shall they not, become vagrants, who devise evil? but, lovingkindness and faithfulness, [be to] them who devise good.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth [are] to those devising good,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— They err that work evil: but mercy and truth prepare good things.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Doe they not erre that deuise euil? But mercy and trueth [shall be] to them that deuise good.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— 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.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Do they not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
err 8582
{8582} Prime
תָּעָה
ta`ah
{taw-aw'}
A primitive root; to vacillate, that is, reel or stray (literally or figuratively); also causatively of both.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
that devise 2790
{2790} Prime
חָרַשׁ
charash
{khaw-rash'}
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).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
evil? 7451
{7451} Prime
רָע
ra`
{rah}
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
but mercy 2617
{2617} Prime
חֶסֶד
checed
{kheh'-sed}
From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty.
and truth 571
{0571} Prime
אֱמֶת
'emeth
{eh'-meth}
Contracted from H0539; stability; figuratively certainty, truth, trustworthiness.
[shall be] to them that devise 2790
{2790} Prime
חָרַשׁ
charash
{khaw-rash'}
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).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
good. 2896
{2896} Prime
טוֹב
towb
{tobe}
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 14:22

_ _ As usual, the interrogative negative strengthens the affirmative.

_ _ mercy and truth — that is, God’s (Psalms 57:3; Psalms 61:7).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 14:22

_ _ See here, 1. How miserably mistaken those are that not only do evil, but devise it: Do they not err? Yes, certainly they do; every one knows it. They think that by sinning with craft and contrivance, and carrying on their intrigues with more plot and artifice than others, they shall make a better hand of their sins than others do, and come off better. But they are mistaken. God's justice cannot be out-witted. Those that devise evil against their neighbours greatly err, for it will certainly turn upon themselves and end in their own ruin, a fatal error! 2. How wisely those consult their own interest that not only do good but devise it: Mercy and truth shall be to them, not a reward of debt (they will own that they merit nothing), but a reward of mercy, mere mercy, mercy according to the promise, mercy and truth, to which God is pleased to make himself a debtor. Those that are so liberal as to devise liberal things, that seek opportunities of doing good, and contrive how to make their charity most extensive and most acceptable to those that need it, by liberal things they shall stand, Isaiah 32:8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
err:

Proverbs 14:17 [He that is] soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
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 the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.

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.
Psalms 25:10 All the paths of the LORD [are] mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Psalms 61:7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, [which] may preserve him.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

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:
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Gn 24:27. 2Ch 6:8. Ps 25:10; 61:7. Pv 12:2; 14:17; 19:22. Is 32:7. Mt 5:7. Jn 1:17.

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