Proverbs 12:10

“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruell.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But {even} the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
- American Standard Version (1901)

An upright man has thought for the life of his beast, but the hearts of evil-doers are cruel.
- Basic English Bible

A righteous man is concerned for the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
- Darby Bible

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
- Webster's Bible

A righteous man respects the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
- World English Bible

The righteous knoweth the life of his beast, And the mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 12:10


12:10 Regardeth - He will not destroy it either by labour beyond its strength, or by denying it necessary food or rest. Cruel - There is cruelty mixed even with their most merciful actions.


Discussion for Proverbs 12:10

  • Brianna for verse 10
    Man has truly dominated everything. I appreciate that Jehovah encourages humans to take a measure of responsibility for animal life. The bond a human and animal can form is very powerful, and no doubt humans and animals should not be at odd with each other. All life has value to Jehovah God.
  • Darlene for verse 10
    Seems there are far too many wicked, when one considers the state our animal shelters are in.
  • Ronald l. collins for verse 10
    a person who is truly born again, has the holy spirit in his soul, the very essence of who we are, only Jesus knows who they are for sure, they are not sin less,but are capable of helping the downtrodden and even there animals are treated with respect,the wicked are not like this, no amount of good works and kindness can bridge the gap, only the righteousness of Christ applied to our soul because of his shed blood can get us to heaven,Titus 3:5, Romans5:12 10:9,10,13
  • Ronald l. collins for verse 10
    a person who is truly born again, has the holy spirit in his soul, the very essence of who we are, only Jesus knows who they are for sure, they are not sin less,but are capable of helping the downtrodden and even there animals are treated with respect,the wicked are not like this, no amount of good works and kindness can bridge the gap, only the righteousness of Christ applied to our soul because of his shed blood can get us to heaven,Titus 3:5, Romans5:12 10:9,10,13
  • God knows our love for our pets and animals.
    He made them for us to love and care for.

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