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Proverbs 12 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:1 - To learn, you must love discipline;
it is stupid to hate correction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:2 - The LORD approves of those who are good,
but he condemns those who plan wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:3 - Wickedness never brings stability,
but the godly have deep roots.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:4 - A worthy wife is a crown for her husband,
but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:5 - The plans of the godly are just;
the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:6 - The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush,
but the words of the godly save lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:7 - The wicked die and disappear,
but the family of the godly stands firm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:8 - A sensible person wins admiration,
but a warped mind is despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:9 - Better to be an ordinary person with a servant
than to be self-important but have no food.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:10 - The godly care for their animals,
but the wicked are always cruel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:11 - A hard worker has plenty of food,
but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:12 - Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot,
but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:13 - The wicked are trapped by their own words,
but the godly escape such trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:14 - Wise words bring many benefits,
and hard work brings rewards.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:15 - Fools think their own way is right,
but the wise listen to others.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:16 - A fool is quick-tempered,
but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:17 - An honest witness tells the truth;
a false witness tells lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:18 - Some people make cutting remarks,
but the words of the wise bring healing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:19 - Truthful words stand the test of time,
but lies are soon exposed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:20 - Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil;
joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:21 - No harm comes to the godly,
but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:22 - The LORD detests lying lips,
but he delights in those who tell the truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:23 - The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge,
but fools broadcast their foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:24 - Work hard and become a leader;
be lazy and become a slave.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:25 - Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:26 - The godly give good advice to their friends;[fn]
the wicked lead them astray.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:27 - Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch,
but the diligent make use of everything they find.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 12:28 - The way of the godly leads to life;
that path does not lead to death.
NLT Footnotes
Or The godly are cautious in friendship; or The godly are freed from evil. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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For more information on this translation, see the NLT Preface.

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