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Proverbs 12

Chapter 12

  1. Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.

  2. A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

  3. A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

  4. A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.

  5. The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.

  6. The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

  7. The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

  8. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

  9. [He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

  10. A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.

  11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.

  12. The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].

  13. The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

  14. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

  15. The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.

  16. A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.

  17. [He that] speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

  18. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.

  19. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.

  20. Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.

  21. There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

  22. Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.

  23. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

  24. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

  25. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

  26. The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

  27. The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.

  28. In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.

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King James Bible 1603 (Network Version, 1994)

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