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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 12:6

 

 

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Shall deliver them - i. e., The righteous themselves.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-12.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood; But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them."

The antithetical contrast here regards the purpose of words: "The words of the wicked are for an evil purpose. Those of the righteous are for the purpose of delivering men."[9]


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "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 words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood,.... Which some understand of perjury and false witness, as Jarchi, whereby the lives of innocent persons are taken away: or it may be interpreted either of the smooth words and fair speeches, and secret artifices, antichrist and his emissaries make use of to entrap the innocent, and draw them into their net, to their ruin; see Psalm 10:7; as the Jews attempted to deal with Christ, Luke 20:20; or of the laws and edicts of the beast, that such should be killed who would not worship his image; and with the blood of these innocent ones the whore of Rome is said to be drunk, Revelation 13:15;

but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them: the innocent laid in wait for; either by their prayers to God, which are of great avail with him, and through whose importunity he will avenge his elect, and deliver them; or through their apologies for them, and defences of them, as in the times of Pagan persecution; or rather through the doctrines of the reformation, whereby many simple and unwary souls were delivered, who were in danger of being ensnared; and whereby the eyes of many princes were opened, and were stirred up to protect those innocent ones, and prevent their blood being shed.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-12.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall b deliver them.

(b) As their conscience is upright, so will they be able to speak for themselves against their accusers.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/proverbs-12.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

The words — or, “expressed designs” of the wicked are for evil purposes.

the mouth — or, “words” of the righteous delivering instead of ensnaring men.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "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

6 The word of the godless is to lie in wait for the blood of others,

But the mouth of the upright delivereth them.

Our editions have דברי רשׁעים , but the right sequence of the accents (in Cod. 1294 and elsewhere) is דברי רשׁעים ; the logical relation in this transformation, which is only rhythmically conditioned, remains the same. The vocalization wavers between ארב־ , which would be imper., and ארב־ , which is infin., like אמר־ , Proverbs 25:7, ענשׁ־ , Proverbs 21:11, אכל־ , Genesis 3:11. However one punctuates it, the infin. is intended in any case, in which the expression always remains sketchy enough: the words of the godless are lying in wait for blood, i.e. , they are calculated to bring others to this, into the danger of their lives, e.g. , before the tribunal by false charges and false witness. דּם is the accus. of the object; for instead of ארב לדם (Proverbs 1:11), to lurk for blood, a shorter expression, ארב דּם , is used (Ewald, §282a). The suffix of יצּילם

(Note: Elias Levita, in his note to the root פה in Kimchi's Wörterbuch, reads תּצּילם , and so also do 6 codd. in Kennicot. But פּה is masculine.)

might appear, after Proverbs 11:6, to refer back to the ישׁרים ; but the thought that their mouth saves the upright, that they thus know to speak themselves out of the danger, is by far less appropriate ( vid ., on the contrary, בדעת , Proverbs 11:9) than the thought that the mouth of the upright delivereth from danger those whose lives are threatened by the godless, as is rightly explained by Ewald, Bertheau, Elster. The personal subject or object is in the Mashal style often to be evolved from the connection, e.g. , Proverbs 14:26; Proverbs 19:23.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-12.html. 1854-1889.

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible

In the foregoing verse the thoughts of the wicked and righteous were compared; here their words, and those are as the abundance of the heart is. 1. Wicked people speak mischief to their neighbours; and wicked indeed those are whose words are to lie in wait for blood; their tongues are swords to those that stand in their way, to good men whom they hate and persecute. See an instance, Luke 20:20, Luke 20:21. 2. Good men speak help to their neighbours: The mouth of the upright is ready to be opened in the cause of those that are oppressed (Proverbs 31:8), to plead for them, to witness for them, and so to deliver them, particularly those whom the wicked lie in wait for. A man may sometimes do a very good work with one good word.


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Henry, Matthew. "Complete Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "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

Wicked people speak mischief to their neighbours. A man may sometimes do a good work with one good word.


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Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

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

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Lie in wait — Are designed to entrap others, and to destroy them.

Deliver them — From those that lie in wait for them.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-12.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 12:6 The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Ver. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood.] As they think not, so neither speak they the language of the righteous. "Ye are the light of the world"; [Matthew 5:14] and because the light stands in the light of their wicked ways, as the angel in Balaam’s way to his sin, therefore they hate the saints; and, as all hatred is bloody, seek their lives, mixing cruelty with their craft, as Cain, Herod, Julian, &c. The old serpent lends them his seven heads to plot, and his ten horns to push. Their own study and exercise also hath made them expert and skilful in their hellish trade; and the taste of blood hath made them as hungry as hounds after it. Thus I kept the ban dogs at stave’s end, said Nicholas Shetterden, martyr, not as thinking to escape them, but that I would see the foxes leap above ground for my blood, if they can reach it, so it be the will of God; yet we shall see them gape and leap for it. (a)

But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.] Shall defend harmless men that are helpless. [Proverbs 24:11] Hence those many apologies of Tertullian, Apollonius, Arnobius, and others for the primitive Christians under persecution. Hence we had that unparalleled work, Calvin’s Institutions, which was written upon this occasion. Francis, king of France, willing to excuse his cruelty exercised upon his Protestant subjects to the German princes, whose friendship he then desired, wrote to them, that he only punished Anabaptists for their contempt of the Scriptures, and of all civil government. Calvin, though then but twenty-five years of age, not able to bear that blur cast upon the reformed religion under the name of those sectaries, set forth that excellent work, as well to vindicate the truth, as to plead for the innocence of those that professed it. (b)


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-12.html. 1865-1868.

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann

v. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, they intend malice and violence, their thoughts find expression in bloodthirsty and murderous ways; but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them, namely, those whose life is threatened by the wicked with their murderous designs.


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Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kpc/proverbs-12.html. 1921-23.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Are to lie in wait for blood; are designed and ordered to entrap or deceive others, and to destroy them.

Shall deliver them, to wit, from those that lie in wait for them; which it doth, either,

1. By prayer to God for their deliverance; or,

2. By pacifying the wicked with soft and gentle answers, or by diverting them from their evil course by their good counsels and admonitions; or,

3. By pleading their righteous cause in a judicial or other way.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". 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

6. Are to lie in wait Are a lying in wait — an ambush.

For blood — That is, to shed blood, to take life. Compare Proverbs 1:11-18; Proverbs 11:9. Shall deliver them — Namely, those whose blood is sought. It is implied that this shall be done by their counsels, advices, pleas, or prayers — by what proceeds out of their mouth. “Men sincerely good give the best advice they can to deliver such innocent persons from their bloody snares.”

Patrick. But others understand that the upright shall deliver themselves.

The Speaker’s Commentary prefers the latter. Luke 20:3-7; Luke 20:19; Luke 20:41, seq.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-12.html. 1874-1909.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The words of the wicked, particularly their false accusations, are an ambush, but the words of the upright are straightforward and sincere (cf. Proverbs 1:18). [Note: Cf. Whybray, The Book . . ., p73.]


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/proverbs-12.html. 2012.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

words. Hebrew. dabar. App-73.

the upright = upright ones.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "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 words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood - (Proverbs 1:11; Proverbs 1:18.)

But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them - namely, the upright, from the lying in wait of the wicked (Proverbs 11:9). Or, as suits the antithesis, and the expression "the mouth," "the upright," by seasonable counsel of the mouth to those for whom "the wicked" with their "words lie in wait," shall deliver them from the snare. Such counsel the wise Solomon gives, and through heeding it many are delivered (Proverbs 1:10; Proverbs 1:15). So Mercer, Bayne, etc. However, "the mouth of the upright" may be their wise replies to the wicked, who by "words" would ensnare them. Compare Jesus' replies to those who thought to catch Him in His words (Luke 20:1-41; cf. Luke 11:53-54).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "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

(6) The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood—i.e., are calculated for this end.

The mouth of the upright shall deliver them—i.e., those for whom the wicked lie in wait.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-12.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
words
1:11-19; 2 Samuel 17:1-4; Isaiah 59:7; Jeremiah 5:26; Micah 7:1,2; Acts 23:12,15; Acts 25:3
the mouth
14:3; Esther 4:7-14; 7:4-6

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-12.html.

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