Proverbs 3:32

32 For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.

Proverbs 3:32 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
English Standard Version (ESV)
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.
New Living Translation (NLT)
32 Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly.
The Message Bible (MSG)
32 "Why not?" you say. Because God can't stand twisted souls. It's the straightforward who get his respect.
American Standard Version (ASV)
32 For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; But his friendship is with the upright.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
32 The devious person is disgusting to the LORD. The LORD's intimate advice is with decent people.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
32 for the devious are detestable to the Lord, but He is a friend to the upright.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
32 The LORD really hates sinful people. But he makes honest people his closest friends.

Proverbs 3:32 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 3:32

For the froward [is] abomination to the Lord
The perverse man, that pleases not God, and is contrary to all men, as the Jews were; one froward in his words and actions: "who transgresses the law", as the Arabic version renders it; one that acts contrary to the nature, will, and word of God; and such an one is not only abominable in his sight, but an "abomination" itself; it is sin, which is that abominable thing that God hates, that makes him so: and the Targum is,

``for iniquity is abominable before the Lord;''
but his secret [is] with the righteous:
not such who are outwardly so to others, or trust in themselves that they are righteous, or seek for righteousness by their own works; but such who are justified by the righteousness of Christ, which faith receives from him, and in consequence of which a man lives soberly and righteously: with these the "secret" of the Lord is; of his love, grace, and favour, which was from everlasting, and is manifested in regeneration; of his purposes of grace, with respect to election, redemption, calling, and adoption, which is made known in effectual calling; of his covenant, as that he is their covenant God, Christ is their covenant head and Mediator, and that they have an interest in all the grace, blessings, and promises of it; of the Gospel, and the several mysteries of it, which are so to carnal men; of his providences, what he is doing, or what he is about to do, and will do hereafter, ( Amos 3:7 ) ; and of communion and fellowship with him. The phrase denotes friendship and familiarity; God deals with the righteous as a man does with his intimate friend, converses freely with him, and discloses his secrets to him: and the word is rendered "confabulation" by the Targum, Syriac, and Vulgate Latin versions; see ( Job 29:4 Job 29:5 ) ( Psalms 25:14 ) .

Proverbs 3:32 In-Context

30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways.
32 For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 101:4; Proverbs 11:20
  • 2. S Job 29:4; Psalms 25:14
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