Proverbs 12 continues to provide practical and moral wisdom, exploring themes such as the power of speech, the virtues of hard work, and the outcomes of righteous versus wicked behaviors. The chapter emphasizes the importance of truthful and thoughtful speech, contrasting it with deceit and rash words. It highlights that hard work leads to satisfaction, while pursuing shortcuts or deceitful means brings about lack and trouble. The chapter also delves into aspects of personal character and relationships, suggesting that the way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He delights in those who pursue righteousness. It portrays the righteous as having stability and security in life, in contrast to the instability and downfall of the wicked. Proverbs 12 serves as a guide for wise living, emphasizing the impact of our words, actions, and character choices on our lives and those around us.

Proverbs 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.

End of Proverbs 12

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