Proverbs 12 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Any who love knowledge want to be told when they are wrong. It is stupid to hate being corrected. 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
2 The Lord is pleased with good people, but condemns those who plan evil. 2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man.
3 Wickedness does not give security, but righteous people stand firm. 3 A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
4 A good wife is her husband's pride and joy; but a wife who brings shame on her husband is like a cancer 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 Honest people will treat you fairly; the wicked only want to deceive you. 5 The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked are murderous, but the words of the righteous rescue those who are threatened. 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
7 The wicked meet their downfall and leave no descendants, but the families of the righteous live on. 7 Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8 If you are intelligent, you will be praised; if you are stupid, people will look down on you. 8 A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised.
9 It is better to be an ordinary person working for a living than to play the part of someone great but go hungry. 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 wicked people are cruel to theirs. 10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat, but it is stupid to waste time on useless projects. 11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.
12 All that wicked people want is to find evil things to do, but the righteous stand firm. 12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
13 The wicked are trapped by their own words, but honest people get themselves out of trouble. 13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.
14 Your reward depends on what you say and what you do; you will get what you deserve. 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 Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice. 15 The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
16 When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult. 16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
17 When you tell the truth, justice is done, but lies lead to injustice. 17 A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.
18 Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal. 18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 A lie has a short life, but truth lives on forever. 19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise, but those who work for good will find happiness. 20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.
21 Nothing bad happens to righteous people, but the wicked have nothing but trouble. 21 No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22 The Lord hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word. 22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
23 Smart people keep quiet about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance. 23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
24 Hard work will give you power; being lazy will make you a slave. 24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
25 Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up. 25 An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
26 The righteous person is a guide to his friend, but the path of the wicked leads them astray. 26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 If you are lazy, you will never get what you are after, but if you work hard, you will get a fortune. 27 The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
28 Righteousness is the road to life; wickedness is the road to death. 28 In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.