Proverbs 12
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1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.1The person who loves correction loves knowledge, but anyone who hates a rebuke is stupid.
2Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.2The good person will gain favor from the LORD, but the man who plots evil will be condemned by him.
3No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.3A person doesn't gain security by wickedness, but the righteous won't be uprooted.
4A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay 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 plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.5The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.6The words of the wicked lead to bloodshed, but the speech of the upright delivers them.
7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.7After they're overthrown, the wicked won't be found, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.8A man is praised because of his wise words, but the perverted mind will be despised.
9Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.9It's better to be unimportant, yet have a servant, than to pretend to be important, but lack food.
10The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts 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.
11Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.11Whoever tills his soil will have a lot to eat, but anyone who pursues fantasies lacks sense.
12The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.12The wicked desires what evil people gain, but the foundation of the righteous is productive.
13Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.13An evil man's sinful speech ensnares him, but the righteous person escapes from trouble.
14From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.14By his fruitful speech a man can remain satisfied, and a man's handiwork will reward him.
15The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.15The lifestyle of the fool is right in his own opinion, but wise is the man who listens to advice.
16Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.16The anger of a fool becomes readily apparent, but the prudent person overlooks an insult.
17An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.17The truth teller speaks what is right, but the false witness speaks what is deceitful.
18The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.18Some speak rashly like the cutting of a sword, but what the wise say promotes healing.
19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.19A truthful saying is trusted forever, but the liar only for a moment.
20Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.20Deceit is at home in the heart of those who plan evil, but those who promote peace rejoice.
21No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.21No harm overwhelms the righteous, but the wicked overflow with trouble.
22The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.22Deceitful speech is reprehensible 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 keeps what he knows to himself, but the hearts of fools shout forth their foolishness.
24Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.24The diligent will take control, but the lazy will be put to forced labor.
25Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.25A person's anxiety weighs down his heart, but an appropriate word is encouraging.
26The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.26The righteous person is cautious with respect to his neighbor, but the lifestyle of the wicked leads them astray.
27The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.27The lazy person does not roast what he has hunted, but diligence is one's most important possession.
28In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.28In the pathway to righteousness there is life, and in that lifestyle there is no death.
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