Contrast of the Upright and the Wicked

12 One who loves [a]discipline loves knowledge,
But one who hates rebuke is stupid.
A (A)good person will obtain favor from the Lord,
But He will condemn a person [b]who devises evil.
A person will (B)not be established by wickedness,
But the root of the (C)righteous will not be moved.
An [c](D)excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him is like (E)rottenness in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are just,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
The (F)words of the wicked wait in ambush for blood,
But the (G)mouth of the upright will rescue them.
The (H)wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the (I)house of the righteous will stand.
A person will be praised according to his insight,
But one of perverse [d]mind will be despised.

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  1. Proverbs 12:1 Or instruction
  2. Proverbs 12:2 Lit of evil devices
  3. Proverbs 12:4 Or virtuous
  4. Proverbs 12:8 Lit heart

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