English Standard Version
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.
King James Bible
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.
American Standard Version
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy.
Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy followeth them that take counsels of peace.
English Revised Version
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
Webster's Bible Translation
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.
Proverbs 12:20 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
14 From the fruit which the mouth of the man bringeth forth is he satisfied with good,
And what the hands of the man accomplish returns back to him.
The proverb finds its final verification in the last judgment (cf. Matthew 12:37), but it is also illustrated in the present life. If the mouth of a man bringeth forth fruit - namely, the fruit of wholesome doctrine, of right guidance, of comforting exhortation, of peace-bringing consolation for others - this fruit is also to his own advantage, he richly enjoys the good which flows out of his own mouth, the blessing he bestows is also a blessing for himself. The same also is the case with the actions of a man. That which is done, or the service which is rendered by his hands, comes back to him as a reward or as a punishment. גּמוּל signifies primarily accomplishment, execution, and is a twofold, double-sided conception: a rendering of good or evil, and merit on the side of men (whether merited reward or merited punishment), as well as recompense, requital on the side of God. The first line is repeated, somewhat altered, at Proverbs 13:2; Proverbs 18:20. The whole proverb is prophetically echoed in Isaiah 3:10. The Kerı̂ ישׁיב has Jahve as the subject, or rather the subject remains undefined, and "one requites him" is equivalent to: it is requited to him. The Chethı̂b seems to us more expressive; but this use of the active with the undefined subject, instead of the passive, is certainly as much in the Mishle style (cf. Proverbs 13:21) as the development of the subject of the clause from a foregoing genitive.
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2 Chronicles 22:4
He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.
Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;
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