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Proverbs 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The House of the Righteous Shall Stand
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:1 - Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
But he who hates correction is stupid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:2 - A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:3 - A man is not established by wickedness,
But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:4 - An excellent[fn] wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:5 - The thoughts of the righteous are right,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:6 - The words of the wicked are, “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 commended according to his wisdom,
But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:9 - Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant,
Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:10 - A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:11 - He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread,
But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:12 - The wicked covet the catch of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:13 - The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will come through trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:14 - A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,
And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:15 - The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But he who heeds counsel is wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:16 - A fool’s wrath is known at once,
But a prudent man covers shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:17 - He who speaks truth declares righteousness,
But a false witness, deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:18 - There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:19 - The truthful lip shall be established 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 counselors of peace have joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:21 - No grave trouble will overtake the righteous,
But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:22 - Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:23 - A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:24 - The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:25 - Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:26 - The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:27 - The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
But diligence is man’s precious possession.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:28 - In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally A wife of valor
Literally heart

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