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
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
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