New American Standard Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
King James Bible
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.
Darby Bible Translation
Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
World English Bible
Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but joy comes to the promoters of peace.
Young's Literal Translation
Deceit is in the heart of those devising evil, And to those counselling peace is joy.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The "deceit" of "those who imagine evil" can work nothing but evil to those whom they advise. The "counselors of peace" have joy in themselves, and impart it to others also.
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2 Chronicles 22:4
He did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab, for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.
He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his heart.
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