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Proverbs 12 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it - how shortsighted to refuse correction! 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
2 A good person basks in the delight of God, and he wants nothing to do with devious schemers. 2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man.
3 You can't find firm footing in a swamp, but life rooted in God stands firm. 3 A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
4 A hearty wife invigorates her husband, but a frigid woman is cancer in the bones. 4 A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
5 The thinking of principled people makes for justice; the plots of degenerates corrupt. 5 The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked kill; the speech of the upright saves. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
7 Wicked people fall to pieces - there's nothing to them; the homes of good people hold together. 7 Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8 A person who talks sense is honored; airheads are held in contempt. 8 A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised.
9 Better to be ordinary and work for a living than act important and starve in the process. 9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
10 Good people are good to their animals; the "good-hearted" bad people kick and abuse them. 10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 The one who stays on the job has food on the table; the witless chase whims and fancies. 11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.
12 What the wicked construct finally falls into ruin, while the roots of the righteous give life, and more life. Wise People Take Advice 12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
13 The gossip of bad people gets them in trouble; the conversation of good people keeps them out of it. 13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.
14 Well-spoken words bring satisfaction; well-done work has its own reward. 14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.
15 Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice. 15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
16 Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults. 16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
17 Truthful witness by a good person clears the air, but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit. 17 A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.
18 Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise. 18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truth lasts; lies are here today, gone tomorrow. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 Evil scheming distorts the schemer; peace-planning brings joy to the planner. 20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.
21 No evil can overwhelm a good person, but the wicked have their hands full of it. 21 No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22 God can't stomach liars; he loves the company of those who keep their word. 22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
23 Prudent people don't flaunt their knowledge; talkative fools broadcast their silliness. 23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
24 The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work. 24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
25 Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up. 25 An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
26 A good person survives misfortune, but a wicked life invites disaster. 26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done. 27 The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
28 Good men and women travel right into life; sin's detours take you straight to hell. 28 In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.