Proverbs 12
King James BibleNew American Standard Bible 1995
1Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
2A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.2A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil.
3A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.3A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.
4A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.4An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
5The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.5The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are 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 lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
7The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.
8A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.8A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.
9He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.9Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
10A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.10A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, 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.11He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.
12The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.12The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape 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.14A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
16A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.16A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
17He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.17He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.
18There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.18There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.19Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
21There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.21No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.
22Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.22Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
23A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.23A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.24The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.
25Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.25Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
26The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.26The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way 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.27A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
28In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.28In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
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