Proverbs 12
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1Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.1The person who loves correction loves knowledge, but anyone who hates a rebuke is stupid.
2A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.2The good person will gain favor from the LORD, but the man who plots evil will be condemned by him.
3A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.3A person doesn't gain security by wickedness, but the righteous won't be uprooted.
4A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.4A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but a wife who puts him to shame is like bone cancer.
5The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.5The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.6The words of the wicked lead to bloodshed, but the speech of the upright delivers them.
7The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.7After they're overthrown, the wicked won't be found, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.8A man is praised because of his wise words, but the perverted mind will be despised.
9He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.9It's better to be unimportant, yet have a servant, than to pretend to be important, but lack food.
10A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.10The righteous person looks out for the welfare of his livestock, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
11He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.11Whoever tills his soil will have a lot to eat, but anyone who pursues fantasies lacks sense.
12The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.12The wicked desires what evil people gain, but the foundation of the righteous is productive.
13The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.13An evil man's sinful speech ensnares him, but the righteous person escapes from trouble.
14A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.14By his fruitful speech a man can remain satisfied, and a man's handiwork will reward him.
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.15The lifestyle of the fool is right in his own opinion, but wise is the man who listens to advice.
16A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.16The anger of a fool becomes readily apparent, but the prudent person overlooks an insult.
17He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.17The truth teller speaks what is right, but the false witness speaks what is deceitful.
18There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.18Some speak rashly like the cutting of a sword, but what the wise say promotes healing.
19The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.19A truthful saying is trusted forever, but the liar only for a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.20Deceit is at home in the heart of those who plan evil, but those who promote peace rejoice.
21There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.21No harm overwhelms the righteous, but the wicked overflow with trouble.
22Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.22Deceitful speech is reprehensible to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.23A prudent man keeps what he knows to himself, but the hearts of fools shout forth their foolishness.
24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.24The diligent will take control, but the lazy will be put to forced labor.
25Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.25A person's anxiety weighs down his heart, but an appropriate word is encouraging.
26The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.26The righteous person is cautious with respect to his neighbor, but the lifestyle of the wicked leads them astray.
27The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.27The lazy person does not roast what he has hunted, but diligence is one's most important possession.
28In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.28In the pathway to righteousness there is life, and in that lifestyle there is no death.
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