Proverbs 12
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1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but one who hates correction is stupid.a

2The good person obtains favor from the LORD,b

but He condemns a man who schemes.c

3Man cannot be made secure by wickedness,

but the root of the righteous is immovable.d

4A capable wifee is her husband’s crown,f

but a wife who causes shame

is like rottenness in his bones.g

5The thoughts of the righteous are just,

but guidance from the wicked leads to deceit.

6The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush,h

but the speech of the upright rescues them.i

7The wicked are overthrown and perish,j

but the house of the righteous will stand.k

8A man is praised for his insight,

but a twisted mind is despised.

9Better to be dishonored, yet have a servant,

than to act important but have no food.l

10A righteous man cares about his animal’s health,m

but even the merciful acts of the wicked are cruel.

11The one who works his land will have plenty of food,n

but whoever chases fantasies lacks sense.o

12The wicked desire what evil men have,p

but the root of the righteous produces fruit.

13An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech,q

but a righteous one escapes from trouble.r

14A man will be satisfied with good

by the words of his mouth,s

and the work of a man’s hands will reward him.t

15A fool’s way is right in his own eyes,u

but whoever listens to counsel is wise.

16A fool’s displeasure is known at once,

but whoever ignores an insult is sensible.v

17Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right,

but a false witness, deceit.w

18There is one who speaks rashly,

like a piercing sword;x

but the tongue of the wise brings healing.y

19Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue, only a moment.z

20Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,

but those who promote peace have joy.aa

21No disaster overcomes the righteous,ab

but the wicked are full of misery.

22Lying lips are detestable to the LORD,ac

but faithful people are His

23A shrewd person conceals knowledge,

but a foolish heart publicizes

24The diligent hand will rule,

but laziness will lead to forced

25Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,

but a good word cheers it

26A righteous man is careful in dealing with his neighbor,ah

but the ways of the wicked lead them

27A lazy man doesn’t roast his game,aj

but to a diligent man, his wealth is precious.ak

28There is life in the path of righteousness,

but another path leads to, am

a. 12:1 Pr 3:11; 5:11-13; 15:5,31-32
b. 12:2 Pr 8:35
c. 12:2 Pr 14:17; 24:8
d. 12:3 Ps 16:8; 21:7; Pr 10:30
e. 12:4 Or A wife of quality, or A wife of good character
f. 12:4 Pr 18:22; 19:14; 31:10
g. 12:4 Pr 14:30
h. 12:6 Pr 1:11
i. 12:6 Pr 14:2
j. 12:7 Jb 34:25
k. 12:7 Ps 103:17-18; Pr 10:25; Mt 7:24-27
l. 12:9 Pr 11:24; 13:7; Rm 12:3
m. 12:10 Dt 25:4; Pr 27:23; Jnh 4:11
n. 12:11 Pr 24:27
o. 12:11 Pr 28:19
p. 12:12 Or desire a stronghold of evil
q. 12:13 Pr 10:14; 13:3; 18:7
r. 12:13 Pr 21:23; 29:6
s. 12:14 Pr 13:2; 18:20
t. 12:14 Pr 1:31; 28:19; Is 3:10
u. 12:15 Pr 16:2; 21:2
v. 12:16 Pr 11:13; 12:23; 17:9; 29:11
w. 12:17 Pr 6:19; 14:5,25
x. 12:18 Ps 57:4
y. 12:18 Pr 4:22; 15:4
z. 12:19 Ps 52:4-5; Pr 19:9
aa. 12:20 Pr 14:22
ab. 12:21 Ps 91:10; 1Pt 3:13
ac. 12:22 Rv 22:15
ad. 12:22 Pr 3:32; 11:20; 15:8-9,26
ae. 12:23 Pr 11:13; 12:16; 13:16; 15:2
af. 12:24 Pr 10:4; 13:4; 19:15
ag. 12:25 Ps 94:19; Pr 15:13; 16:24; Mt 6:25-34
ah. 12:26 Or man guides his neighbor
ai. 12:26 Pr 14:22
aj. 12:27 Pr 19:15,24; 26:15
ak. 12:27 Pr 10:4; 13:4
al. 12:28 Or righteousness, and in its path there is no death
am. 12:28 Pr 10:2; 13:14; 14:27
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