Proverbs 12:12
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English Standard Version
Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.

King James Bible
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

American Standard Version
The wicked desireth the net of evil men; But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit .

Douay-Rheims Bible
The desire of the wicked is the fortification of evil men: but the root of the just shall prosper.

English Revised Version
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Proverbs 12:12 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 The word of the godless is to lie in wait for the blood of others,

   But the mouth of the upright delivereth them.

Our editions have דברי רשׁעים, but the right sequence of the accents (in Cod. 1294 and elsewhere) is דברי רשׁעים; the logical relation in this transformation, which is only rhythmically conditioned, remains the same. The vocalization wavers between ארב־, which would be imper., and ארב־, which is infin., like אמר־, Proverbs 25:7, ענשׁ־, Proverbs 21:11, אכל־, Genesis 3:11. However one punctuates it, the infin. is intended in any case, in which the expression always remains sketchy enough: the words of the godless are lying in wait for blood, i.e., they are calculated to bring others to this, into the danger of their lives, e.g., before the tribunal by false charges and false witness. דּם is the accus. of the object; for instead of ארב לדם (Proverbs 1:11), to lurk for blood, a shorter expression, ארב דּם, is used (Ewald, 282a). The suffix of יצּילם

(Note: Elias Levita, in his note to the root פה in Kimchi's Wrterbuch, reads תּצּילם, and so also do 6 codd. in Kennicot. But פּה is masculine.)

might appear, after Proverbs 11:6, to refer back to the ישׁרים; but the thought that their mouth saves the upright, that they thus know to speak themselves out of the danger, is by far less appropriate (vid., on the contrary, בדעת, Proverbs 11:9) than the thought that the mouth of the upright delivereth from danger those whose lives are threatened by the godless, as is rightly explained by Ewald, Bertheau, Elster. The personal subject or object is in the Mashal style often to be evolved from the connection, e.g., Proverbs 14:26; Proverbs 19:23.

Proverbs 12:12 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 1:17-19 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird...

Proverbs 29:5,6 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet...

Psalm 9:15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

Psalm 10:9 He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to catch the poor: he does catch the poor...

Jeremiah 5:26-28 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men...

Micah 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood...

Habakkuk 1:15-17 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag...

net or fortress

Proverbs 10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

the root

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither...

Isaiah 27:6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

Isaiah 37:31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:

Jeremiah 17:7,8 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is...

Luke 8:13-15 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe...

John 15:5,16 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit...

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.

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