Proverbs 12: 5
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful
Here are the definitions of the main words in today’s verse:
thoughts: 1. the act or process of thinking; meditation, or reflection 2. application of mental attention; consideration 3. purpose or intention
righteous: Morally upright; without guilt or sin Upright: Adhering strictly to moral principles
right: That which is just, morally good, legal, proper, or fitting.
counsels: 1. A plan of action. 2. Private, guarded thoughts or opinions
wicked: 1. Evil by nature and in practice 2. Highly offensive; obnoxious
deceitful: 1. Given to cheating or deceiving. 2. Deliberately misleading; deceptive.
Using these definitions, we can see that the people who are moral, or without sin, meditate on, or give their mental attention to the things that are just, morally good and proper, while the private, guarded thoughts and opinions that cause evil men to make their plans will lead them into areas given to cheating or deceiving others. These type of highly offensive, obnoxious men will deliberately mislead others.
As we have seen in our studies before, by accepting Jesus into our hearts and learning to let the Holy Spirit lead us in God’s ways, we can become righteous as HE changes our hearts and renews them. In fact, that is the ONLY way that we CAN become righteous! His Spirit “renews” and "feeds" our hearts and minds as we follow the paths that He leads us on with the light of His Word.