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Proverbs 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:1 - Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:2 - Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:3 - No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:4 - A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:5 - The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:6 - The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:7 - The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:8 - A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:9 - Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:10 - The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:11 - Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:12 - The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:13 - Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:14 - From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:15 - The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:16 - Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:17 - An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:18 - The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:19 - Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:20 - Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:21 - No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:22 - The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:23 - The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:24 - Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:25 - Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:26 - The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:27 - The lazy do not roast[fn] any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:28 - In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.
NIV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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