The Good Man
Proverbs 12:2
A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

By a good man we are to understand a benevolent man; that is, a man who always wills happiness to others and carries forward his benevolence into the active form of beneficence. The good man is not an intellectual fop, or a moral phenomenon, but is well disciplined, thoroughly chastened, adjusted in all his faculties, and sometimes concealing exceptional excellences under a general average of fine nature; that is to say, instead of living in his eccentricities and making a reputation out of his occasional excellences he brings down these mountains and irregularities and smooths them so as to consolidate a general average of true worth. Whoever does good is an ally of God; he is in immediate co-operation with Him.

(J. Parker, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

WEB: A good man shall obtain favor from Yahweh, but he will condemn a man of wicked devices.

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