Proverbs 12:2
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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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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
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Keil 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.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

Psalm 112:5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death...

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added to the Lord.

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

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Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 6:18 An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

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.

Isaiah 32:5-7 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful...

Cross References
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."

Proverbs 3:4
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,

Proverbs 12:1
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 14:22
Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.

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