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Proverbs 12 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Anyone who loves learning accepts correction, but a person who hates being corrected is stupid. 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
2 The Lord is pleased with a good person, but he will punish anyone who plans evil. 2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man.
3 Doing evil brings no safety at all, but a good person has safety and security. 3 A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
4 A good wife is like a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful wife is like a disease in his bones. 4 A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
5 The plans that good people make are fair, but the advice of the wicked will trick you. 5 The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6 The wicked talk about killing people, but the words of good people will save them. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
7 Wicked people die and they are no more, but a good person's family continues. 7 Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8 The wisdom of the wise wins praise, but there is no respect for the stupid. 8 A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised.
9 A person who is not important but has a servant is better off than someone who acts important but has no food. 9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
10 Good people take care of their animals, but even the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. 10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 Those who work their land will have plenty of food, but the one who chases empty dreams is not wise. 11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.
12 The wicked want what other evil people have stolen, but good people want to give what they have to others. 12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
13 Evil people are trapped by their evil talk, but good people stay out of trouble. 13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.
14 People will be rewarded for what they say, and they will also be rewarded for what they do. 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 think they are doing right, but the wise listen to advice. 15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
16 Fools quickly show that they are upset, but the wise ignore insults. 16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
17 An honest witness tells the truth, but a dishonest witness tells lies. 17 A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.
18 Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing. 18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truth will continue forever, but lies are only for a moment. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 Those who plan evil are full of lies, but those who plan peace are happy. 20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.
21 No harm comes to a good person, but an evil person's life is full of trouble. 21 No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22 The Lord hates those who tell lies but is pleased with those who keep their promises. 22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
23 Wise people keep what they know to themselves, but fools can't keep from showing how foolish they are. 23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
24 Hard workers will become leaders, but those who are lazy will be slaves. 24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
25 Worry is a heavy load, but a kind word cheers you up. 25 An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
26 Good people take advice from their friends, but an evil person is easily led to do wrong. 26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 The lazy catch no food to cook, but a hard worker will have great wealth. 27 The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
28 Doing what is right is the way to life, but there is another way that leads to death. 28 In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.