Proverbs 2:12

ESV delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,
NIV Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
NASB To rescue you from the way of evil, From a person who speaks perverse things;
CSB It will rescue you from the way of evil -- from anyone who says perverse things,
NLT Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.
KJV To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

What does Proverbs 2:12 mean?

Verse 11 explained that we are protected by discretion and understanding. As used here in Proverbs, discretion is a sensible control over our mind and thoughts. On the other hand, understanding implies a mastery of wisdom which allows us to make the right choices; this protects our body as well. Both protect us from the harms associated with impulsiveness and ignorance.

This verse begins in Hebrew with the term for "to," which directly connects this verse to ideas given in the previous verse. Discretion and understanding protect us in order that we are kept away from evil. Justice was earlier defined as giving a person whatever they are due, what they deserve. This verse brings home that point specifically. What we are "due" from being discerning and understanding is deliverance from evil and those who speak falsely against us.

The term "perverted speech" here is from the Hebrew word tahpukot, literally meaning something which is purposefully offensive, contrary, rebellious, or obstinate.
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