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

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 12:17 HE THAT SPEAKETH TRUTH SHOWETH FORTH RIGHTEOUSNESS BUT A FALSE WITNESS DECEIT --- PSALM 15:1 LORD WHO SHALL ABIDE IN THY TABERNACLE WHO SHALL DWELL IN THY HOLY HILL --- 15:2 HE THAT WAKETH UPRIGHTLY AND WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SPEAKETH THE TRUTH IN HIS HEART --- EPHESIANS 5:9 FOR THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS IN ALL GOOD NESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUTH
  • Bert Clayton
    Too many get pleasure at anothers'misery and suffering. Doesn't matter if human or other species of animal. Or even turning a blind eye with neglect.
  • Brianna vs. 3
    We may see a lot of wickedness in this world go unpunished, however it is not rooted. When God brings judgement, Satan and his elements will be destroyed. However, righteous individuals will be firmly rooted in the life to come. ( Psalms 37:9-11,29)
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 12:15 THE WAY OF A FOOL IS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES BUT HE THAT HEARKENETH UNTO COUNSEL IS WISE PROVERBS 9:6 FORSKAE THE FOOLISH AND LIVE AND GO IN THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING PROVERBS 4:14 ENTER NOT INTO THE PATH OF THE WICKED AND GO NOT IN THE WAY OF EVIL MEN***PROVERBS 21:16 THE MAN THAT WANDERETH OUT OF THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING SHALL REMAIN IN THE CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 12:22 LYING LIPS ARE ABOMINATION TO THE LORD BUT THEY THAT DEAL TRULY ARE HIS DELIGHT 2 TIMOTHY 4:3 FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE BUT AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS SHALL THEY HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS HAVING ITCHING EARS PSALM 52:3 THOU LOVEST EVIL MORE THAN GOOD AND LYING RATHER THAN TO SPEAK RIGHTEOUSNESS SELAH
  • Bridgette Alvarez
    Verse 7 says, "The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand." I struggled with this verse because of God's mercies. Then God lead me to the story of Paul, the chief sinner as he called himself, and how he was delivered and I came to the understanding how both could be true. God gives the wicked a chance to repent but if they don't then there is a consequence.

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