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12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but those who hate to be rebuked are stupid.
The good obtain favor from the Lord,
    but those who devise evil he condemns.
No one finds security by wickedness,
    but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
A good wife is the crown of her husband,
    but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are just;
    the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush,
    but the speech of the upright delivers them.
The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
    but the house of the righteous will stand.
One is commended for good sense,
    but a perverse mind is despised.
Better to be despised and have a servant,
    than to be self-important and lack food.
10 The righteous know the needs of their animals,
    but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 Those who till their land will have plenty of food,
    but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.
12 The wicked covet the proceeds of wickedness,[a]
    but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 The evil are ensnared by the transgression of their lips,
    but the righteous escape from trouble.
14 From the fruit of the mouth one is filled with good things,
    and manual labor has its reward.
15 Fools think their own way is right,
    but the wise listen to advice.
16 Fools show their anger at once,
    but the prudent ignore an insult.
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
    but a false witness speaks deceitfully.
18 Rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
    but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil,
    but those who counsel peace have joy.
21 No harm happens to the righteous,
    but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
    but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 One who is clever conceals knowledge,
    but the mind of a fool[b] broadcasts folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
    while the lazy will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety weighs down the human heart,
    but a good word cheers it up.
26 The righteous gives good advice to friends,[c]
    but the way of the wicked leads astray.
27 The lazy do not roast[d] their game,
    but the diligent obtain precious wealth.[e]
28 In the path of righteousness there is life,
    in walking its path there is no death.
13 A wise child loves discipline,[f]
    but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
From the fruit of their words good persons eat good things,
    but the desire of the treacherous is for wrongdoing.
Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives;
    those who open wide their lips come to ruin.
The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing,
    while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.
The righteous hate falsehood,
    but the wicked act shamefully and disgracefully.
Righteousness guards one whose way is upright,
    but sin overthrows the wicked.
Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing;
    others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.
Wealth is a ransom for a person’s life,
    but the poor get no threats.
The light of the righteous rejoices,
    but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
10 By insolence the heedless make strife,
    but wisdom is with those who take advice.
11 Wealth hastily gotten[g] will dwindle,
    but those who gather little by little will increase it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Those who despise the word bring destruction on themselves,
    but those who respect the commandment will be rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
    so that one may avoid the snares of death.
15 Good sense wins favor,
    but the way of the faithless is their ruin.[h]
16 The clever do all things intelligently,
    but the fool displays folly.
17 A bad messenger brings trouble,
    but a faithful envoy, healing.
18 Poverty and disgrace are for the one who ignores instruction,
    but one who heeds reproof is honored.
19 A desire realized is sweet to the soul,
    but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
    but the companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Misfortune pursues sinners,
    but prosperity rewards the righteous.
22 The good leave an inheritance to their children’s children,
    but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23 The field of the poor may yield much food,
    but it is swept away through injustice.
24 Those who spare the rod hate their children,
    but those who love them are diligent to discipline them.
25 The righteous have enough to satisfy their appetite,
    but the belly of the wicked is empty.
14 The wise woman[i] builds her house,
    but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord,
    but one who is devious in conduct despises him.
The talk of fools is a rod for their backs,[j]
    but the lips of the wise preserve them.
Where there are no oxen, there is no grain;
    abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
A faithful witness does not lie,
    but a false witness breathes out lies.
A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
    but knowledge is easy for one who understands.
Leave the presence of a fool,
    for there you do not find words of knowledge.
It is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go,
    but the folly of fools misleads.
Fools mock at the guilt offering,[k]
    but the upright enjoy God’s favor.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
    and no stranger shares its joy.
11 The house of the wicked is destroyed,
    but the tent of the upright flourishes.
12 There is a way that seems right to a person,
    but its end is the way to death.[l]
13 Even in laughter the heart is sad,
    and the end of joy is grief.
14 The perverse get what their ways deserve,
    and the good, what their deeds deserve.[m]
15 The simple believe everything,
    but the clever consider their steps.
16 The wise are cautious and turn away from evil,
    but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.
17 One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly,
    and the schemer is hated.
18 The simple are adorned with[n] folly,
    but the clever are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow down before the good,
    the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor are disliked even by their neighbors,
    but the rich have many friends.
21 Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,
    but happy are those who are kind to the poor.
22 Do they not err that plan evil?
    Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.
23 In all toil there is profit,
    but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wisdom,[o]
    but folly is the garland[p] of fools.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
    but one who utters lies is a betrayer.
26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
    and one’s children will have a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
    so that one may avoid the snares of death.
28 The glory of a king is a multitude of people;
    without people a prince is ruined.
29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
    but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30 A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh,
    but passion makes the bones rot.
31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
    but those who are kind to the needy honor him.
32 The wicked are overthrown by their evildoing,
    but the righteous find a refuge in their integrity.[q]
33 Wisdom is at home in the mind of one who has understanding,
    but it is not[r] known in the heart of fools.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
    but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
    but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.


  1. Proverbs 12:12 Or covet the catch of the wicked
  2. Proverbs 12:23 Heb the heart of fools
  3. Proverbs 12:26 Syr: Meaning of Heb uncertain
  4. Proverbs 12:27 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  5. Proverbs 12:27 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  6. Proverbs 13:1 Cn: Heb A wise child the discipline of his father
  7. Proverbs 13:11 Gk Vg: Heb from vanity
  8. Proverbs 13:15 Cn Compare Gk Syr Vg Tg: Heb is enduring
  9. Proverbs 14:1 Heb Wisdom of women
  10. Proverbs 14:3 Cn: Heb a rod of pride
  11. Proverbs 14:9 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  12. Proverbs 14:12 Heb ways of death
  13. Proverbs 14:14 Cn: Heb from upon him
  14. Proverbs 14:18 Or inherit
  15. Proverbs 14:24 Cn Compare Gk: Heb riches
  16. Proverbs 14:24 Cn: Heb is the folly
  17. Proverbs 14:32 Gk Syr: Heb in their death
  18. Proverbs 14:33 Gk Syr: Heb lacks not

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