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Proverbs 12 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:1 - Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:2 - A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
but a man of evil devices he condemns.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:3 - No one is established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:4 - An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:5 - The thoughts of the righteous are just;
the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:6 - The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:7 - The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
but the house of the righteous will stand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:8 - A man is commended according to his good sense,
but one of twisted mind is despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:9 - Better to be lowly and have a servant
than to play the great man and lack bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:10 - Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:11 - Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:12 - Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:13 - An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,[fn]
but the righteous escapes from trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:14 - From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:15 - The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:16 - The vexation of a fool is known at once,
but the prudent ignores an insult.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:17 - Whoever speaks[fn] the truth gives honest evidence,
but a false witness utters deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:18 - There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:19 - Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:20 - Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
but those who plan peace have joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:21 - No ill befalls the righteous,
but the wicked are filled with trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:22 - Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:23 - A prudent man conceals knowledge,
but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:24 - The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:25 - Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:26 - One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,[fn]
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:27 - Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
but the diligent man will get precious wealth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:28 - In the path of righteousness is life,
and in its pathway there is no death.
ESV Footnotes
Or In the transgression of the lips, there is an evil snare
Hebrew breathes out
Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully
Or but diligence is precious wealth

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