Proverbs 12

12:1 The one who loves discipline loves knowledge,1

but the one who hates reproof is stupid.2

12:2 A good person obtains favor from the Lord,

but the Lord3 condemns a person with wicked schemes.4

12:3 No one5 can be established6 through wickedness,

but a righteous root7 cannot be moved.

12:4 A noble wife8 is the crown9 of her husband,

but the wife10 who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones.11

12:5 The plans12 of the righteous are just;

the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.13

12:6 The words of the wicked lie in wait14 to shed innocent blood,15

but the words16 of the upright will deliver them.

12:7 The wicked are overthrown17 and perish,18

but the righteous household19 will stand.

12:8 A person20 is praised in accordance with21 his wisdom,

but the one who has a twisted mind22 is despised.

12:9 Better is a person of humble standing23 who nevertheless has a servant,24

than one who pretends to be somebody important25 yet has no food.

12:10 A righteous person cares for26 the life of his animal,

but even the most compassionate acts27 of the wicked are cruel.

12:11 The one who works28 his field will have plenty29 of food,

but whoever chases daydreams30 lacks wisdom.31

12:12 The wicked person desires a stronghold,32

but the righteous root33 endures.34

12:13 The evil person is ensnared35 by the transgression of his speech,36

but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.37

12:14 A person will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words,38

and the work of his hands39 will be rendered to40 him.

12:15 The way of a fool41 is right42 in his own opinion,43

but the one who listens to advice is wise.44

12:16 A fool’s annoyance45 is known at once,46

but the prudent47 overlooks48 an insult.

12:17 The faithful witness49 tells what is right,50

but a false witness51 speaks52 deceit.

12:18 Speaking recklessly53 is like the thrusts of a sword,

but the words54 of the wise bring55 healing.56

12:19 The one who tells the truth57 will endure forever,

but the one who lies58 will last only for a moment.59

12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil,60

but those who promote peace61 have joy.

12:21 The righteous do not encounter62 any harm,63

but the wicked are filled with calamity.64

12:22 The Lord65 abhors a person who lies,66

but those who deal truthfully67 are his delight.68

12:23 The shrewd person69 conceals70 knowledge,

but foolish people71 publicize folly.72

12:24 The diligent73 person74 will rule,

but the slothful75 will become a slave.76

12:25 Anxiety77 in a person’s heart78 weighs him down,79

but an encouraging80 word brings him joy.81

12:26 The righteous person is cautious in his friendship,82

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

12:27 The lazy person does not roast83 his prey,

but personal possessions84 are precious to the diligent.

12:28 In the path of righteousness there is life,

but another path leads to death.85

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