Proverbs 12
New International VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
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 will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil.
3No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.3A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not 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 shames him 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, But 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 will deliver 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 will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.
9Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.9Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
10The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts 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.
11Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.11He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.
12The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.12The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields 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 will escape from trouble.
14From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.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 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 is he who listens to counsel.
16Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.16A fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
17An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.17He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.
18The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.18There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.19Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only 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 counselors of peace have joy.
21No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.21No harm 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 deal 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, But the slack hand 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 it down, But a good word makes it glad.
26The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.26The 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.27A lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
28In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.28In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
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