Proverbs 12
King James BibleNew Living Translation
1Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.1To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
2A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.2The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.
3A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.3Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.
4A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.4A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
5The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.5The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
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 are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives.
7The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.7The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.
8A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.8A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised.
9He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.9Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
10A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.10The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
11He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.11A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
12The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.12Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
13The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.13The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such 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.14Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.15Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
16A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.16A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
17He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.17An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.
18There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.18Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
19The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.19Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.
20Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.20Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
21There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.21No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.22The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
23A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.23The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.
24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.24Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
25Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.25Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
26The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.26The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
27The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.27Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
28In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.28The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.
King James Bible, text courtesy of Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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