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Proverbs 12 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:1 - Whoever loves [fn]discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof is stupid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:2 - A good man will obtain favor from the LORD,
But He will condemn a man [fn]who devises evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:3 - A man will not be established by wickedness,
But the root of the righteous will not be moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:4 - An [fn]excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:5 - The thoughts of the righteous are just,
But 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 will deliver 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 will be praised according to his insight,
But one of perverse [fn]mind will be despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:9 - Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant
Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:10 - A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:11 - He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who pursues worthless things lacks [fn]sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:12 - The wicked man desires the [fn]booty of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:13 - [fn]An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will escape from trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:14 - A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his [fn]words,
And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:15 - The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:16 - A fool’s anger is known at once,
But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:17 - He who [fn]speaks truth tells what is right,
But a false witness, deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:18 - There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:19 - Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:20 - Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:21 - No harm 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 deal 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,
But the [fn]slack hand will be put to forced labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:25 - Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:26 - The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:27 - A [fn]lazy man does not [fn]roast his prey,
But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:28 - In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, instruction
Literally: of evil devices
Or, virtuous
Literally: heart
Literally: heart
Literally: net
Literally: In the transgression of the lips is an evil snare
Literally: mouth
Literally: breathes
Literally: slackness
Literally: slackness
Or, catch

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