Proverbs 12:2
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New International Version
Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

King James Bible
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Darby Bible Translation
A good [man] obtaineth favour of Jehovah; but a man of mischievous devices will he condemn.

World English Bible
A good man shall obtain favor from Yahweh, but he will condemn a man of wicked devices.

Young's Literal Translation
The good bringeth forth favour from Jehovah, And the man of wicked devices He condemneth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A good man obtaineth favor - First, it is God who makes him good; for every child of Adam is bad till the grace of God changes his heart. Secondly, while he walks in the path of obedience he increases in goodness, and consequently in the favor of the Lord.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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...

The Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
2 Samuel 15:3
Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."

Proverbs 3:4
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 8:35
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 12:1
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 14:22
Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

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