Proverbs 12
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1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
2Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.2A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.
3No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.3No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
4A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.4An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.5The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.
8A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.8A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised.
9Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.9Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread.
10The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.10Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.11Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.12Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.14From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
15The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
16Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.16The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.
17An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.17Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.
18The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.18There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.
21No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.21No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.22Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.23A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.24The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.25Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
26The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.26One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.27Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.28In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
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