Proverbs 10:12

12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:12 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
English Standard Version (ESV)
12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.
The Message Bible (MSG)
12 Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering.
American Standard Version (ASV)
12 Hatred stirreth up strifes; But love covereth all transgressions.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
12 Hate starts quarrels, but love covers every wrong.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
12 Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
12 Hate stirs up fights. But love erases all sins by forgiving them.

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.


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Proverbs 10:12 In-Context

10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
14 The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Proverbs 17:9; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 1 Peter 4:8
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