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Proverbs 12:11-13 The Passion Translation (TPT)

11 Work hard at your job and you’ll have what you need.
Following a get-rich-quick scheme is nothing but a fantasy.
12 The cravings of the wicked are only for what is evil,[a]
but righteousness is the core motivation for the lovers of God,
and it keeps them content and flourishing.[b]

Wisdom Means Being Teachable

13 The wicked will get trapped by their words
of gossip, slander, and lies.[c]
But for the righteous, honesty is its own defense.


  1. Proverbs 12:12 As translated from the Septuagint. The Hebrew is “Thieves crave the loot of other thieves.”
  2. Proverbs 12:12 The meaning of the Hebrew text of verse 12 is uncertain.
  3. Proverbs 12:13 The Hebrew is simply “sinful words,” which implies gossip, slander, and lies.
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