Proverbs 12
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1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.1To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
2Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.2The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.
3No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.3Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.
4A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.4A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
5The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.5The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues 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 no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.7The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.
8A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.8A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped 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 an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
10The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.10The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
11Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.11A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
12The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.12Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
13Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.13The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble.
14From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.14Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
15The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.15Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
16Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.16A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
17An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.17An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.
18The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.18Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.19Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.
20Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.20Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
21No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.21No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.22The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
23The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.23The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness.
24Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.24Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
25Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.25Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
26The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.26The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
27The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.27Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
28In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.28The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.
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