Proverbs 12:1-8

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
2 Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.
3 No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
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 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8 A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.

Proverbs 12:1-8 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter gives an account of the charge David gave to his son Solomon, a little before his death, to walk in the ways of the Lord, 1Ki 2:1-4; and of some instructions delivered to him concerning some particular persons he should either show favour to, or execute justice on, 1Ki 2:5-9; and the next account in it is concerning his death and burial, and the years of his reign, 1Ki 2:10,11; after which it relates an address of Bathsheba to Solomon in favour of Adonijah, which was refused, and the issue of it was his death, 1Ki 2:12-25; and the deposition of Abiathar from the priesthood, 1Ki 2:26,27; and the putting of Joab to death for his treason and murders, 1Ki 2:28-34; in whose post Benaiah was put, as Zadok was in the place of Abiathar, 1Ki 2:35; and lastly the confinement of Shimei in Jerusalem, who had cursed David, 1Ki 2:36-38; who upon transgressing the orders given him was put to death, 1Ki 2:39-46.

Cross References 10

  • 1. Proverbs 5:11-14; S Proverbs 9:7-9; Proverbs 13:1,18; Proverbs 15:5,10,12,32
  • 2. S Job 33:26; Psalms 84:11
  • 3. 2 Samuel 15:3; S Proverbs 11:20
  • 4. S Proverbs 10:25
  • 5. S Ruth 3:11; Proverbs 31:10-11
  • 6. Proverbs 18:22; Proverbs 14:30
  • 7. S Proverbs 11:9; Proverbs 14:3
  • 8. S Psalms 37:36
  • 9. S Proverbs 10:25; Proverbs 14:11; Proverbs 15:25
  • 10. Isaiah 19:14; Isaiah 29:24
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