Proverbs 21:12

12 The Righteous One[a] takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.

Proverbs 21:12 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
English Standard Version (ESV)
12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; he throws the wicked down to ruin.
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them.
The Message Bible (MSG)
12 A God-loyal person will see right through the wicked and undo the evil they've planned.
American Standard Version (ASV)
12 The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked, [How] the wicked are overthrown to [their] ruin.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
12 A righteous person wisely considers the house of a wicked person. He throws wicked people into disasters.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked; He brings the wicked to ruin.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
12 The Blameless One knows where sinners live. And he destroys them.

Proverbs 21:12 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 21:12

The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the
Not so much the stately palace he lives in, and the furniture of it, as the glory, splendour, riches, and largeness of his family; the flourishing condition he and they are in: he considers how they came into it, the short continuance of it, and what the end will be, which in a short time wilt be ruin and destruction; and therefore be does not envy their present happiness, or fret at it. Gersom renders it,

``the righteous maketh the house of the wicked to prosper;''
as Joseph did Potiphar's, and Jacob Laban's; or rather the Lord made them to prosper for their sakes. Jarchi interprets the righteous of God himself; who gives his heart, or has it in his heart to cut off the house of the wicked, as follows; [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness;
or removes them into evil, as the Targum; into the evil of punishment, for the evil of sin. Aben Ezra supplies the word "God", as we do; and understands it of God's destroying wicked men for their sins, though they have flourished for a while in this world: but some interpret it of the righteous man, even of a righteous magistrate, who is prudent and diligent in his office; who looks into the houses of wicked men, and inquires who they are that are in them, and how they live; and what they have in their houses, whether stolen goods, the properties of others; or arms, either for treasonable practices or for robberies; and takes them and punishes them according to the laws of God and men.

Proverbs 21:12 In-Context

10 The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.
12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Proverbs 14:11

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "The righteous person"
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