Proverbs Chapter 12 |
1He who loves discipline loves knowledge;
He who spurns reproof is a brutish man.
2A good man earns the favor of the Lord,
A man of intrigues, His condemnation.
3A man cannot be established in wickedness,
But the root of the righteous will not be shaken loose.
4A capable wife is a crown for her husband,
But an incompetent one is like rot in his bones.
5The purposes of the righteous are justice,
The schemes of the wicked are deceit.
6The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush,
But the speech of the upright saves them.
7Overturn the wicked and they are gone,
But the house of the righteous will endure.
8A man is commended according to his intelligence;
A twisted mind is held up to contempt.
9Better to be lightly esteemed and have a servant
Than to put on airs and have no food.
10A righteous man knows the needs of his beast,
But the compassion of the wicked is cruelty.
11He who tills his land shall have food in plenty,
But he who pursues vanities is devoid of sense.
12The wicked covet the catch of evil men;
The root of the righteous yields [fruit].
13Sinful speech is a trap for the evil man,
But the righteous escapes from trouble.
14A man gets his fill of good from the fruit of his speech;
One is repaid in kind for one’s deeds.
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes;
But the wise man accepts advice.
16A fool’s vexation is known at once,
But a clever man conceals his humiliation.
17He who testifies faithfully tells the truth,
But a false witness, deceit.
18There is blunt talk like sword-thrusts,
But the speech of the wise is healing.
19Truthful speech abides forever,
A lying tongue for but a moment.
20Deceit is in the minds of those who plot evil;
For those who plan good there is joy.
21No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked have their fill of misfortune.
22Lying speech is an abomination to the Lord,
But those who act faithfully please Him.
23A clever man conceals what he knows,
But the mind of a dullard cries out folly.
24The hand of the diligent wields authority;
The negligent are held in subjection.
25If there is anxiety in a man’s mind let him quash it,
And turn it into joy with a good word.
26A righteous man gives his friend direction,
But the way of the wicked leads astray.
27A negligent man never has game to roast;
A diligent man has precious wealth.
28The road of righteousness leads to life;
By way of its path there is no death.