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Proverbs 21:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked, [How] the wicked are overthrown to [their] ruin.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The righteous one considers the house of the wicked, Turning the wicked to ruin.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— One that is righteous wisely considereth the house of the wicked: he overthroweth the wicked to [their] ruin.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The Righteous One observeth the house of the lawless,—He is ready to cast down lawless men into misfortune.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The Righteous One is acting wisely Towards the house of the wicked, He is overthrowing the wicked for wickedness.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The just considereth seriously the house of the wicked, that he may withdraw the wicked from evil.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] ouerthroweth the wicked for their wickednesse.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A righteous man understands the hearts of the ungodly: and despises the ungodly for their wickedness.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The righteous [man] wisely considereth the house of the wicked: [but Elohim] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
[man] wisely considereth 7919
{7919} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causeatively make or act) circumspect and hence intelligent.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
the house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
of the wicked: 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
[but lhm אֱלֹהִים] overthroweth 5557
{5557} Prime
A primitive root; properly to wrench, that is, (figuratively) to subvert.
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
for [their] wickedness. 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:12

_ _ (Compare Psalms 37:35-38; Psalms 73:17, Psalms 73:20).

_ _ house — family or interests.

_ _ overthroweth — either supply “God” (compare Proverbs 10:24), or the word is used impersonally.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:12

_ _ 1. As we read this verse, it shows why good men, when they come to understand things aright, will not envy the prosperity of evil-doers. When they see the house of the wicked, how full it is perhaps of all the good things of this life, they are tempted to envy; but when they wisely consider it, when they look upon it with an eye of faith, when they see God overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness, that there is a curse upon their habitation which will certainly be the ruin of it ere long, they see more reason to despise them, or pity them, than to fear or envy them. 2. Some give another sense of it: The righteous man (the judge or magistrate, that is entrusted with the execution of justice, and the preservation of public peace) examines the house of the wicked, searches it for arms or for stolen goods, makes a diligent enquiry concerning his family and the characters of those about him, that he may by his power overthrow the wicked for their wickedness and prevent their doing any further mischief, that he may fire the nests where the birds of prey are harboured or the unclean birds.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 21:12

Considereth — He looks through its present glory to that ruin for which it is designed.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 21:12

The righteous [man] wisely (f) considereth the house of the wicked: [but God] overthroweth the wicked for [their] wickedness.

(f) Though the godly admonish them both by words and example of life, yet the wicked will not amend, till God destroys them.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
Job 8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
Job 18:14-21 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. ... Surely such [are] the dwellings of the wicked, and this [is] the place [of him that] knoweth not God.
Job 21:28-30 For ye say, Where [is] the house of the prince? and where [are] the dwelling places of the wicked? ... That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
Job 27:13-23 This [is] the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, [which] they shall receive of the Almighty. ... [Men] shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
Psalms 37:35-36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. ... Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
Psalms 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psalms 107:43 Whoso [is] wise, and will observe these [things], even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
Hosea 14:9 Who [is] wise, and he shall understand these [things]? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Habakkuk 2:9-12 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! ... Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!


Proverbs 11:3-5 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. ... The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness keepeth [him that is] upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
Amos 4:11 I have overthrown [some] of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
1 Corinthians 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
2 Peter 2:4-9 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; ... The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
2 Peter 3:6-7 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: ... But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
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Gn 19:29. Jb 5:3; 8:15; 18:14; 21:28; 27:13. Ps 37:35; 52:5; 107:43. Pv 11:3; 13:6; 14:32. Ho 14:9. Am 4:11. Hab 2:9. 1Co 10:5. 2P 2:4; 3:6.

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