Proverbs 10:12

12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 10:12 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirreth up strifes
A man, whose heart is full of hatred and malice against his neighbour, will stir up, or awake, as the word F4 signifies, contentions and quarrels which were happily laid asleep; these he renews by tale bearing, and whisperings, and evil surmises; by raising lies, spreading false reports and calumnies, and by virulent reproaches and slanders; but love covereth all sins;
not its own, but others; in imitation of the pardoning love and grace of God, which covers all the sins of his people with the blood and righteousness of his Son. Love spreads its mantle over the sins of its fellow creatures and Christians, and forgives them, even all of them: instead of exposing them, hides and conceals them; and, instead of loading and aggravating the infirmities of others, puts the best constructions on them, hopes and bears, and believes all things, ( 1 Corinthians 13:7 ) ; see ( 1 Peter 4:8 ) ; where the apostle seems to have respect to this passage. This is not to be understood as conniving at or suffering sin upon others, or as contrary to Christian reproofs and rebukes for it.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 (rrwet) .

Proverbs 10:12 In-Context

10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, but the one who rebukes boldly makes peace.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of one who has understanding wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of one who lacks sense.
14 The wise lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.