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Proverbs 12:5

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12:5 The plans 1  of the righteous are just;

the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 2 

Proverbs 21:7

Context

21:7 The violence 3  done by the wicked 4  will drag them away

because 5  they refuse to do what is right. 6 

1 tn Heb “thoughts.” This term refers not just to random thoughts, however, but to what is planned or devised.

2 sn The plans of good people are directed toward what is right. Advice from the wicked, however, is deceitful and can only lead to trouble.

3 tn The “violence” (שֹׁד, shod) drags away the wicked, probably either to do more sin or to their punishment. “Violence” here is either personified, or it is a metonymy of cause, meaning “the outcome of their violence” drags them away.

4 tn Heb “violence of the wicked.” This is a subjective genitive: “violence which the wicked do.”

5 tn The second colon of the verse is the causal clause, explaining why they are dragged away. They are not passive victims of their circumstances or their crimes. They choose to persist in their violence and so it destroys them.

6 tn Heb “they refuse to do justice” (so ASV); NASB “refuse to act with justice.”



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