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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 12

 

 

Introduction
1From this chapter to the five and twentieth are sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

Verse 1
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
loveth
2:10,11; 8:17,32; 18:1; Psalms 119:27,97-100; 2 Thessalonians 2:10
he that
5:12,13; 9:7,8; Psalms 32:9; 92:6; Isaiah 1:3

Verse 2
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
good
8:35; Psalms 112:5; Ecclesiastes 8:8; Acts 11:24; Romans 5:7
a man
1:31; 6:18; Psalms 9:15; Isaiah 32:5-7

Verse 3
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
shall not be established
10:25; Job 5:3-5; 15:29; 20:5-9; 27:16-18
the root
12; Psalms 15:5; 125:1,2; 1 Samuel 25:33; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 2:7

Verse 4
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
virtuous
14:1; 19:13,14; 31:10-25; 1 Corinthians 11:7,11
she
21:9,19; 27:15,16
as
14:30; Habakkuk 3:16

Verse 5
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

Verse 6
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

Verse 7
The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
wicked
11:21; 14:11; 15:25; Esther 9:6-10,14; Job 5:3,4; 11:20; 18:15-20; Job 27:18-23; Psalms 37:10,35-37; 73:18,19
the house
14:1; 24:3,4; 2 Samuel 7:16,26; Matthew 7:24-27

Verse 8
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
commended
Genesis 41:39; 1 Samuel 16:18; 18:30; Ecclesiastes 8:1; Luke 12:42-44; 16:8; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 10:18
he
1:26; 3:35; 5:23; 1 Samuel 13:13; 25:17; Psalms 132:18; Daniel 12:2; Malachi 2:8,9; Matthew 27:4,5; Acts 12:23
of a perverse heart
Heb. perverse of heart.

Verse 9
He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
He that is, etc
Or, rather, as in the old translation "He that is despised, and is his own servant, is better than he that boasteth himself and wanteth bread;" with which the versions generally agree. That is, it is better to be in lowness and obscurity, and to support oneself by manual labour, than to want the necessaries of life, through a foolish vanity, or the pride of birth, which refuses to labour.
despised
13:7; Luke 14:11

Verse 10
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
righteous
Genesis 33:13,14; Numbers 22:28-32; Deuteronomy 25:4; John 4:11
but
Genesis 37:26-28; Judges 1:7; 1 Samuel 11:2; John 19:31,32; James 2:13-16
tender mercies
or, bowels.
1 John 3:17

Verse 11
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
tilleth
13:23; 14:4,23; 27:27; 28:19; Genesis 3:19; Psalms 128:2; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:8
he that followeth
1:10-19; 4:14,15; 6:32; 7:7; 9:6,13,16; 13:20; Judges 9:4; Psalms 26:4; Jonah 2:8; Titus 1:10,11

Verse 12
The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
desireth
1:17-19; 29:5,6; Psalms 9:15; 10:9; Jeremiah 5:26-28; Micah 7:2; Habakkuk 1:15-17
net
or, fortress.
10:15
the root
Psalms 1:3; Isaiah 27:6; 37:31; Jeremiah 17:7,8; Luke 8:13-15; John 15:5,16; Romans 6:22

Verse 13
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips
Heb. snare of the wicked is in the transgression of lips.
6:2; 15:2; 18:6,7; 1 Kings 2:23; Psalms 5:6; 64:8; Daniel 6:24; Matthew 27:25
but
11:8; Genesis 48:16; 2 Samuel 4:9; Psalms 34:19; Ecclesiastes 7:18; Romans 8:35-37; 2 Peter 2:9

Verse 14
A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
satisfied
13:2; 18:20,21; Psalms 63:5
and
Isaiah 3:10,11; Matthew 10:41,42; 16:27; 2 Thessalonians 1:6,7; Hebrews 2:2; 11:26

Verse 15
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
way
3:7; 14:16; 16:2,25; 26:12,16; 28:11; 30:12; Luke 18:11; Galatians 6:3
but
1:5; 9:9; 19:20; Ecclesiastes 4:13; Jeremiah 38:15-28

Verse 16
A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
fool's
25:28; 29:11; 1 Samuel 20:30-34; 1 Kings 19:1,2
presently
Heb. in that day. but.
10:12; 16:22; 17:9; 29:11; James 1:19

Verse 17
He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
that
14:5,25; 1 Samuel 22:14,15
but
6:19; 19:5,28; 21:28; 24:28; Matthew 15:19; 26:59; Acts 6:13; 1 Peter 3:16

Verse 18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
that
25:18; Psalms 52:2; 57:4; 59:7; 64:3; James 3:6-8
like
Compare.
Revelation 1:16
but
10:20,21; 13:17; 15:7; 16:24; Daniel 11:33; Revelation 22:2

Verse 19
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
lip
Zechariah 1:4-6; Matthew 24:35
but
19:9; Job 20:5; Psalms 52:5; Acts 5:3-10

Verse 20
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
Deceit
12; 26:24-26; Jeremiah 17:16; Mark 7:21,22; 12:14-17; Romans 1:29
but
Isaiah 9:6,7; Zechariah 6:13; Matthew 5:9; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 3:8-13

Verse 21
There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
no
Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 3:22,23; 2 Corinthians 4:17
filled
1:31; 14:14; Jeremiah 13:12-14; Habakkuk 2:16; Revelation 18:6

Verse 22
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
Lying
6:16,17; Psalms 5:6; Isaiah 9:15; Ezekiel 13:19,22; Revelation 21:8; 22:15
but
11:1,20; 15:8; Jeremiah 9:24

Verse 23
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
A prudent
10:19; 11:13; 13:16
but
15:2; Ecclesiastes 10:3,12-14

Verse 24
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
hand
10:4; 13:4; 17:2; 22:29; 1 Kings 11:28; 12:20
but
27; 19:15; 21:25,26; 22:13; 24:30-34; 26:13-16
slothful
or, deceitful.

Verse 25
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Heaviness
14:10; 15:13,15,23; 17:22; 18:14; Nehemiah 2:1,2; Psalms 38:6; 42:11; Mark 14:33,34
but
18; 15:23; 16:24; 25:11; 27:9; Isaiah 50:4; Zechariah 1:13; 2 Corinthians 2:4-7

Verse 26
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
righteous
13; 17:27; Psalms 16:3; Matthew 5:46-48; Luke 6:32-36; 1 Peter 2:18-21
excellent
or, abundant. but.
Psalms 18:12,13; James 1:13,14; 2 Peter 2:18-22; 1 John 2:26; Revelation 12:9; 13:14

Verse 27
The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
slothful
13:4; 23:2; 26:15
but
15:16; 16:8; Psalms 37:16

Verse 28
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
8:35; 9:11; 10:16; 11:19; Ezekiel 18:9,20-24; Romans 5:21; 6:22,23; Titus 2:11,12; 1 John 2:29; 3:7; 3 John 1:11

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-12.html.

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