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Proverbs 12

1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but he who + hates reproof is + stupid.

2A good man + obtains favor from the Lord,

but a man of evil devices he condemns.

3No one is established by wickedness,

but the root of + the righteous will never be moved.

4+ An excellent wife is + the crown of her husband,

but she who + brings shame is like + rottenness in his bones.

5+ The thoughts of the righteous are just;

the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

6The words of the wicked + lie in wait for blood,

but + the mouth of the upright delivers them.

7+ The wicked are + overthrown and are no more,

+ but the house of the righteous will stand.

8A man is commended according to his good sense,

but one of twisted mind is + despised.

9Better to be lowly and have a servant

than to play the great man and lack bread.

10+ Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,

but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

11+ Whoever works his land + will have plenty of bread,

+ but he who follows + worthless pursuits lacks sense.

12Whoever is wicked covets + the spoil of evildoers,

but the root of the righteous bears fruit.

13An evil man is ensnared + by the transgression of his lips,

+ but the righteous escapes from trouble.

14From the fruit of his mouth + a man is satisfied with good,

+ and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.

15+ The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,

but a wise man listens to advice.

16+ The vexation of a fool is known at once,

but the prudent ignores an insult.

17+ Whoever speaks+ the truth gives honest evidence,

but + a false witness utters deceit.

18+ There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,

but the tongue of the wise brings + healing.

19Truthful lips endure forever,

but + a lying tongue is but for a moment.

20Deceit is in the heart of + those who devise evil,

but those who plan peace have joy.

21+ No ill befalls the righteous,

but the wicked are filled with trouble.

22+ Lying lips are + an abomination to the Lord,

+ but those who act faithfully are his delight.

23+ A prudent man conceals knowledge,

+ but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

24+ The hand of the diligent will rule,

while the slothful will be + put to forced labor.

25+ Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,

but a good word makes him glad.

26One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,+

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27+ Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,

but the diligent man will get precious wealth.+

28+ In the path of righteousness is life,

and in its pathway there is no death.

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