Proverbs 12 ESV

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who 1hates reproof is 2stupid.

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2 A good man 3obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.

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3 No one is established by wickedness, but the root of 4the righteous will never be moved.

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4 5An excellent wife is 6the crown of her husband, but she who 7brings shame is like 8rottenness in his bones.

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5 9The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

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6 The words of the wicked 10lie in wait for blood, but 11the mouth of the upright delivers them.

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7 12The wicked are 13overthrown and are no more, 14but the house of the righteous will stand.

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8 A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is 15despised.

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9 Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread.
10 16Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

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11 17Whoever works his land 18will have plenty of bread, 19but he who follows 20worthless pursuits lacks sense.

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12 Whoever is wicked covets 21the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.

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13 An evil man is ensnared 22by the transgression of his lips, 23but the righteous escapes from trouble.

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14 From the fruit of his mouth 24a man is satisfied with good, 25and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.

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15 26The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

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16 27The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

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17 28Whoever speaksa the truth gives honest evidence, but 29a false witness utters deceit.

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    • Ž 12:17 - Hebrew breathes out
      18 30There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings 31healing.

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      19 Truthful lips endure forever, but 32a lying tongue is but for a moment.

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      20 Deceit is in the heart of 33those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

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      21 34No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.

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      22 35Lying lips are 36an abomination to the LORD, 37but those who act faithfully are his delight.

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      23 38A prudent man conceals knowledge, 39but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

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      24 40The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be 41put to forced labor.

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      25 42Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

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      26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,b but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

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        •  12:26 - Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully
          27 43Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.c

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            •  12:27 - Or but diligence is precious wealth
              28 44In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

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