English Standard Version
A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.
King James Bible
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
American Standard Version
A good man shall obtain favor of Jehovah; But a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
He that is good, shall draw grace from the Lord : but he that trusteth in his own devices doth wickedly.
English Revised Version
A good man shall obtain favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
Webster's Bible Translation
A good man obtaineth favor from the LORD: but a man of wicked devices he will condemn.
Proverbs 12:2 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
That self-sacrificing endeavour after the good of others finds its regard in the thought encircling the following proverbs.
27 He that striveth after good, seeketh that which is pleasing;
And he that searcheth after evil, it shall find him.
Here we have together three synonyms of seeking: בּקּשׁ (R. בק, findere), which has the general meaning quaerere, from the root-idea of penetrating and pressing forwards; דּרשׁ (R. דר .R( , terere), which from the root-idea of trying (proving) corresponds to the Lat. studere; and שׁחר (whence here שׁחר instead of משׁחר, as דּבר instead of מדבּר), which means mane, and thus sedulo quaere (vid., at Proverbs 1:28). From 27b, where by רעה is meant evil which one prepares for another, there arises for טוב the idea of good thoughts and actions with reference to others. He who applies himself to such, seeks therewith that which is pleasing, i.e., that which pleases or does good to others. If that which is pleasing to God were meant, then this would have been said (cf. Proverbs 12:2); the idea here is similar to Proverbs 10:32, and the word יבקּשׁ is used, and not ימצא, because reference is not made to a fact in the moral government of the world, but a description is given of one who is zealously intent upon good, and thus of a noble man. Such an one always asks himself (cf. Matthew 7:12): what will, in the given case, be well-pleasing to the neighbour, what will tend to his true satisfaction? Regarding the punctuation here, שׁחר, vid., at Proverbs 11:26. The subject to תבואנּוּ, which, Proverbs 10:24, stands as the fundamental idea, here follows from the governed רעה, which may be the gen. (Psalm 38:13) as well as the accus.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
2 Samuel 15:3
Absalom would say to him, "See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you."
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.
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