Proverbs 14:22

22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good finda love and faithfulness.

Read Proverbs 14:22 Using Other Translations

Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meetsteadfast love and faithfulness.
If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.

What does Proverbs 14:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 14:22

Do they not err that devise evil?
&c.] Certainly they do; they go astray from the right way, from the word of truth, from the Gospel of Christ, who contrive schemes to commit sin, and do mischief to their neighbours; or who "plough" F20 it, and sow it, and expect a fine harvest; but they will be mistaken, and find it will not turn to account, and that they have took a wrong course, and have gone out of the way: none more mischievous devisers or contrivers of evil than the Papists, and none more sadly and fatally err; but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good;
who devise liberal things, to do good to the poor and needy; to their neighbours, their fellow creatures and fellow Christians: such receive grace and "mercy" at the hands of God, and his "truth" will appear in making good all promises to them; mercy and truth will preserve them from the evil way, and guide them in the right way, so that they shall not err as others do; neither from the doctrines of grace and truth, nor from the practice of them.


FOOTNOTES:

F20 (vrx) "arant", Baynus; "arantibus", Amama; "verbum proprie significat arare", Piscator.
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