Proverbs 12 NIV

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.1

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2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,2 but the LORD condemns a crafty man.3

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3 A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.4

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4 A wife of noble character5 is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.6

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5 The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.7

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7 Wicked men are overthrown and are no more,8 but the house of the righteous stands firm.9

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8 A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped10 minds are despised.

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9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,11 but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

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11 He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.12

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12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,13 but a righteous man escapes trouble.14

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14 From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things15 as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.16

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15 The way of a fool seems right to him,17 but a wise man listens to advice.18

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16 A fool19 shows his annoyance at once,20 but a prudent man overlooks an insult.21

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17 A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.22

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18 Reckless words pierce like a sword,23 but the tongue of the wise brings healing.24

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19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.25

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21 No harm befalls the righteous,26 but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

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22 The LORD detests lying lips,27 but he delights28 in men who are truthful.29

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23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself,30 but the heart of fools blurts out folly.31

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24 Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.32

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25 An anxious heart weighs a man down,33 but a kind word cheers him up.

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26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship,a but the way of the wicked leads them astray.34

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    • a 12:26 - Or "man is a guide to his neighbor"
      27 The lazy man does not roastb his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

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        • b 12:27 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
          28 In the way of righteousness there is life;35 along that path is immortality.

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