Proverbs 12:20

“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine euill: but to the counsellours of peace, is ioy.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Deceit is in the heart of those whose designs are evil, but for those purposing peace there is joy.
- Basic English Bible

Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
- Darby Bible

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.
- Webster's Bible

Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but joy comes to the promoters of peace.
- World English Bible

Deceit [is] in the heart of those devising evil, And to those counselling peace [is] joy.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 12:20


12:20 Deceit - They whose hearts devise mischief shall be deceived in their hopes, and bring trouble upon themselves: but they who by good counsels labour to promote peace, shall reap the comfort of it themselves.


Discussion for Proverbs 12:20

  • By spreading peace, people are able to see Jesus in the lives of those who do so. A liar is one who is deceiving. Therefore, they do not know the way to Jesus. According to the bible, Jesus is the way,the truth, and the life. This is proof that the individual who is deceitful and evil in his ways must certainly be lost.

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