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Proverbs 12 (New American Standard)

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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 Whoever loves adiscipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A 1good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man bwho devises evil. 3 A man will 2not be established by wickedness, But the root of the 3righteous will not be moved. 4 An c4excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like 5rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The 6words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the 7mouth of the upright will deliver them. 7 The 8wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the 9house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse dmind will be despised. 9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread. 10 A 10righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel. 11 He 11who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who pursues worthless things lacks esense. 12 The 12wicked man desires the fbooty of evil men, But the root of the righteous 13yields fruit. 13 gAn evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the 14righteous will escape from trouble. 14 A man will be 15satisfied with good by the fruit of his hwords, And the 16deeds of a man's hands will return to him. 15 The 17way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. 16 A 18fool's anger is known at once, But a prudent man conceals dishonor. 17 He who ispeaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit. 18 There is one who 19speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the 20tongue of the wise brings healing. 19 Truthful lips will be established forever, But a 21lying tongue is only for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21 22No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble. 22 23Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. 23 A 24prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly. 24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the jslack hand will be 25put to forced labor. 25 26Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a 27good word makes it glad. 26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 A klazy man does not lroast his prey, But the 28precious possession of a man is diligence. 28 29In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
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