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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 12:5

 

 

The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"The thoughts of the righteous are just; But the counsels of the wicked are deceit."

"Honest people will treat you fairly; the wicked only want to deceive you."[7] "Good people are fair and honest in the things they plan to do. But don't trust the things an evil person tells you."[8] Some of the renditions are surprising.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-12.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The thoughts of the righteous are right,.... Or "judgment"F15משפט "judicium", Pagninns, Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Gejerus. . The thoughts of men's hearts are naturally evil, nor can any think a good thought of themselves; but the thoughts of the righteous are directed and influenced by the grace of God, and are formed according to that Word which is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart; their thoughts concerning God and religion, concerning Christ and his Gospel, his ways and worship, his truths and ordinances, they are judiciously framed according to the rule of God's word, the revelation he has made, and so are right; and such are their resolutions and designs to serve the Lord their God, and him only, and to cleave to him with full purpose of heart

but the counsels of the wicked are deceit; the designs, schemes, and contrivances of wicked men, are to trick, and overreach, and defraud their neighbours in civil affairs; and of false teachers, to deceive the hearts of the simple in religious ones. The coming of the man of sin was with all deceivableness; and all the gaudy show and pageantry he makes, and pretended miracles he works, are to deceive the inhabitants of the earth; and by his sorceries all nations are deceived, 2 Thessalonians 2:10.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-12.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

thoughts — or, “purposes.”

are right — literally, “are judgment,” that is, true decisions.

counsels — (Compare Proverbs 11:14).

deceit — contrary to truth and honesty.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-12.html. 1871-8.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

5 The thoughts of the righteous are justice,

The counsels of the godless are deceit.

They are so, that is, in their contents and their aim. To the righteous are ascribed מחשׁבות , namely, simple and clear; to the godless, תּחבּות , carefully thought out, prudently thought through schemes and measures, but on that very account not simple, because with a tendency; for the righteous have an objective rule, namely, that which is right in the sight of God and of men, but the godless have only a selfish purpose, which they seek to attain by deceiving, and at the cost of, their neighbour.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-12.html. 1854-1889.

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible

Note, 1. The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and judges them. We mistake if we imagine that thoughts are free. No, they are under the divine cognizance, and therefore under the divine command. 2. We ought to be observers of the thoughts and intents of our own hearts, and to judge of ourselves by them; for they are the first-born of the soul, that have most of its image undisguised. Right thoughts are a righteous man's best evidences, as nothing more certainly proves a man wicked than wicked contrivances and designs. A good man may have in his mind bad suggestions, but he does not indulge them and harbour them till they are ripened into bad projects and resolutions. 3. It is a man's honour to mean honestly, and to have his thoughts right, though a word or action may be misplaced, or mistimed, or at least misinterpreted. But it is a man's shame to lie always at catch, to act with deceit, with trick and design, not only with a long reach, but with an overreach.


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Henry, Matthew. "Complete Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mhm/proverbs-12.html. 1706.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Thoughts are not free; they are under the Divine knowledge, therefore under the Divine command. It is a man's shame to act with deceit, with trick and design.


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Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mhn/proverbs-12.html. 1706.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.

Ver. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right.] He feeds his thoughts upon the best objects, those especially mentioned in that little Bible, Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these Things."if worse break in, as they will, he jostles them out, and rids the room of them. {See Trapp on "Proverbs 11:23"}

But the counsels of the wicked are deceit.] Not their rash thoughts only, but also their deliberate ones are how to circumvent others, or to cloak their own wickedness. "Every imagination," the whole frame, "of their thoughts is evil, only evil, and continually evil." [Genesis 6:5; Genesis 8:21] If good thoughts look into a wicked heart, they stay not there, as those that like not their lodging: the flashes of lightnings may be discerned into the darkest prisons. The light that shines into a holy heart is constant, like that of the sun, which keeps due times, and varies not the course for any of these sublunary occasions.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-12.html. 1865-1868.

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann

v. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right, just and pious, leading to words and deeds which are also righteous; but the counsels of the wicked are deceit, the manner in which they influence and direct others is deceitful and is bound to work harm.


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Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kpc/proverbs-12.html. 1921-23.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The thoughts of the righteous are right; his constant purpose is to deal justly and truly with God and with men.

The counsels of the wicked are deceit; his great care and contrivance is to wrong and deceive others by fair pretences and cunning artifices.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-12.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5. Thoughts… righteous — Their purposes, intentions, accord with justice, or a judicial decision; that is, are like unto one. They meditate, and intend nothing but what is right.

The counsels תחבלות, tahhbuloth, (comp. Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 11:14,) the governing principles, of the wicked are deceit . Are intended to deceive. Tahhbuloth is the same word which in Proverbs 1:5, is translated wise counsels. See note there.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-12.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

thoughts = plans.

right = just (as to their character). Illustrations: David (1 Samuel 23:9; 1 Samuel 26:8-11); Daniel (Daniel 1:8; Daniel 6:4); Nuthanael (John 1:47).

counsels = steerings, or directions. Illustrations: Korah (Num 16); Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:28. Compare Proverbs 12:26); the prophet of Beth-el (1 Kings 13:18. Compare Proverbs 11:9); Sanballat (Nehemiah 6:2); Haman (Esther 3:5, Esther 3:6, Esther 3:8); Ishmael (Jeremiah 40:14); Herod (Matthew 2:8, Matthew 2:16); Pharisees (Matthew 22:15, Matthew 22:16); Judas (John 12:4-6).

the wicked = lawless ones.

deceit = deception. Hebrew. ramah. See note on Proverbs 11:18.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-12.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

The thoughts of the righteous (are) right (Hebrew, judgment; i:e., consonant to justice): (but) the counsels of the wicked (are) deceit. "The counsels," or 'the astute plans' (Hebrew, tach


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-12.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(5) The thoughts of the righteous are right.—Or, justice. (Comp. Matthew 12:35.)


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-12.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
thoughts
11:23; 24:9; Psalms 119:15; 139:23; Isaiah 55:7; Jeremiah 4:14
counsels
Psalms 12:2,3; 36:2-4; 41:6,7; 140:1-3; Matthew 2:3-8,16; 26:4; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 4:2

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-12.html.

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