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

King James Bible
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

Darby Bible Translation
Do they not err that devise evil? but loving-kindness and truth are for those that devise good.

World English Bible
Don't they go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.

Young's Literal Translation
Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth are to those devising good,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth - To despise a man because he has some natural blemish is unjust, cruel, and wicked. He is not the author of his own imperfections; they did not occur through his fault or folly; and if he could, he would not retain them. It is, therefore, unjust and wicked to despise him for what is not his fault, but his misfortune.

But he that hath mercy on the poor - Who reproaches no man for his poverty or scanty intellect, but divides his bread with the hungry - happy is he; the blessing of God, and of them that were ready to perish, shall come upon him.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 22:17 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.

Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Isaiah 32:7,8 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he devises wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words...


Genesis 24:27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth...

Psalm 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 61:7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.


Proverbs 19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

2 Chronicles 6:8 But the LORD said to David my father, For as much as it was in your heart to build an house for my name...

A Startling Statement
TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot

Sin the Mocker
'Fools make a mock at sin; but among the righteous there is favour.'--Proverbs xiv, 9. The wisdom of this Book of Proverbs is not simply intellectual, but it has its roots in reverence and obedience to God, and for its accompaniment, righteousness. The wise man is the good man, and the good man is the godly man. And as is wisdom, so its opposite, folly, is not only intellectual feebleness--the bad man is a fool, and the godless is a bad man. The greatest amount of brain-power cultivated to the highest
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria. Gregory to Eulogius, &c. Our common son, the bearer of these presents, when he brought the letters of your Holiness found me sick, and has left me sick; whence it has ensued that the scanty water of my brief epistle has been hardly able to exude to the large fountain of your Blessedness. But it was a heavenly boon that, while in a state of bodily pain, I received the letter of your Holiness to lift me up with joy for the instruction of the heretics of the city
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

The Intercession of Christ
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us! T he Redemption of the soul is precious. Fools make mock of sin (Proverbs 14:9) . But they will not think lightly of it, who duly consider the majesty, authority, and goodness of Him, against whom it is committed; and who are taught, by what God actually has done, what sin rendered necessary to be done, before a sinner could have a well-grounded
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2

Cross References
Psalm 36:4
Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.

Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:29
Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.

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

Proverbs 14:23
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 24:8
Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer.

Micah 2:1
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.

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