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Proverbs 12:3 | The Root of the Righteous

A Verse Mapping Bible Study on Proverbs

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Week 8: Proverbs 12:3

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Scripture Memory

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. Proverbs 12:3

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. Proverbs 12:3

A m__ s____ n__ b_ e__________ b_ w_________: b__ t__ r___ o_ t__ r________ s____ n__ b_ m____. Proverbs 12:3

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. Proverbs 12:3

Man | אָדָם

'āḏām

Pronunciation: aw-dam'

Definition:

  • Human being
  • Man, mankind (much more frequently intended sense in OT)
  • Adam, first man

Translations:

  • Man 408x
  • Men 121x
  • Adam 13x
  • Person(s) 8x

Established | כּוּן

kûn

Pronunciation: koon

Definition:

  • To be firm, be stable, be established
  • To be directed aright, be fixed aright, be steadfast (moral sense)
  • To be prepared, be arranged, be settled
  • To fix, make ready, prepare, provide, provide for, furnish

Translations:

  • Prepare 85x
  • Establish 58x
  • Ready 17x
  • Stablish 5x
  • Certain 2x

Wickedness | רֶשַׁע

rešaʿ

Pronunciation: reh'-shah

Definition:

  • Wrong, wickedness, guilt
  • Wickedness (as violence and crime against civil law)
  • Wickedness (in ethical relations)

Translations:

  • Wickedness 25x
  • Wicked 4x
  • Iniquity 1x

Root | שֶׁרֶשׁ

šereš

Pronunciation: sheh'-resh

Definition:

  • Root (literal)
  • Root (of people involving firmness or permanence) (fig)
  • Root, bottom (as lowest stratum) (fig)

Translations:

  • Root 30x
  • Bottom 1x
  • Deep 1x
  • Heels 1x

Righteous | צַדִּיק

ṣadîq

Pronunciation: tsad-deek'

Definition:

  • Just, lawful, righteous
  • Just, righteous (in conduct and character)
  • Righteous (as justified and vindicated by God)
  • Right, correct, lawful

Translations:

  • Righteous 162x
  • Just 42x
  • Righteous man 1x
  • Lawful 1x

Moved | מוֹט

môṭ

Pronunciation: mote

Definition:

  • To totter, shake, slip
  • To be shaken, be moved, be overthrown
  • To dislodge, let fall, drop

Translations:

  • Moved 20x
  • Removed 5x
  • Slip 3x

 

Paraphrase

A [human being] shall not be [directed aright, prepared] by [wrong]: but the [root (of people involving permanence)] of the [justified and vindicated of God] shall not be [shaken, overthrown]. Proverbs 12:3

Bible Cross References

Colossians 2:6-7

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Proverbs 10:25

As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Reflections

About God

Jesus is to be the root of the righteous – therefore it cannot be moved because Jesus is the same always - as Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

About Self

My life’s foundation (root!) should always be Jesus – anything else will result in spiritual “tremors” and shaking. Nothing else this world has to offer can keep me rooted like Christ.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • What am I relying on to be my foundation in my life?
  • Where is there wickedness that I need to purge from my life so that my roots are always in Christ?
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