Proverbs 12 (English Standard Version)

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1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who 1hates reproof is 2stupid. 2 A good man 3obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3 No one is established by wickedness, but the root of 4the righteous will never be moved. 4 5An excellent wife is 6the crown of her husband, but she who 7brings shame is like 8rottenness in his bones. 5 9The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked 10lie in wait for blood, but 11the mouth of the upright delivers them. 7 12The wicked are 13overthrown and are no more, 14but the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is 15despised. 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. 11 17Whoever works his land 18will have plenty of bread, 19but he who follows 20worthless pursuits lacks sense. 12 Whoever is wicked covets 21the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 13 An evil man is ensnared 22by the transgression of his lips, 23but the righteous escapes from trouble. 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. 15 26The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. 16 27The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. 17 28Whoever speaksa the truth gives honest evidence, but 29a false witness utters deceit. 18 30There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings 31healing. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but 32a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of 33those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. 21 34No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 35Lying lips are 36an abomination to the LORD, 37but those who act faithfully are his delight. 23 38A prudent man conceals knowledge, 39but the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 40The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be 41put to forced labor. 25 42Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. 26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,b but the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 43Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.c 28 44In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
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