12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but he who (A)hates reproof is (B)stupid.
A good man (C)obtains favor from the Lord,
    but a man of evil devices he condemns.
No one is established by wickedness,
    but the root of (D)the righteous will never be moved.
(E)An excellent wife is (F)the crown of her husband,
    but she who (G)brings shame is like (H)rottenness in his bones.
(I)The thoughts of the righteous are just;
    the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
The words of the wicked (J)lie in wait for blood,
    but (K)the mouth of the upright delivers them.
(L)The wicked are (M)overthrown and are no more,
    (N)but the house of the righteous will stand.
A man is commended according to his good sense,
    but one of twisted mind is (O)despised.
Better to be lowly and have a servant
    than to play the great man and lack bread.
10 (P)Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
    but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 (Q)Whoever works his land (R)will have plenty of bread,
    (S)but he who follows (T)worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12 Whoever is wicked covets (U)the spoil of evildoers,
    but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 An evil man is ensnared (V)by the transgression of his lips,[a]
    (W)but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth (X)a man is satisfied with good,
    (Y)and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
15 (Z)The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    but a wise man listens to advice.
16 (AA)The vexation of a fool is known at once,
    but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 (AB)Whoever speaks[b] the truth gives honest evidence,
    but (AC)a false witness utters deceit.
18 (AD)There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings (AE)healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
    but (AF)a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of (AG)those who devise evil,
    but those who plan peace have joy.
21 (AH)No ill befalls the righteous,
    but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 (AI)Lying lips are (AJ)an abomination to the Lord,
    (AK)but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 (AL)A prudent man conceals knowledge,
    (AM)but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 (AN)The hand of the diligent will rule,
    while the slothful will be (AO)put to forced labor.
25 (AP)Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,[c]
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 (AQ)Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
    but the diligent man will get precious wealth.[d]
28 (AR)In the path of righteousness is life,
    and in its pathway there is no death.
13 A wise son hears his father's instruction,
    but (AS)a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
From the fruit of his mouth a man (AT)eats what is good,
    but the desire of the treacherous (AU)is for violence.
(AV)Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
    (AW)he who opens wide his lips (AX)comes to ruin.
(AY)The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
    while the soul of the diligent (AZ)is richly supplied.
The righteous hates falsehood,
    but the wicked brings shame[e] and disgrace.
(BA)Righteousness guards him whose (BB)way is blameless,
    but sin overthrows the wicked.
(BC)One pretends to be rich,[f] yet has nothing;
    (BD)another pretends to be poor,[g] yet has great wealth.
The ransom of a man's life is his wealth,
    but a poor man (BE)hears no threat.
(BF)The light of the righteous rejoices,
    but (BG)the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10 (BH)By insolence comes nothing but strife,
    but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11 (BI)Wealth gained hastily[h] will dwindle,
    but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    (BJ)but a desire fulfilled is (BK)a tree of life.
13 Whoever (BL)despises (BM)the word[i] brings destruction on himself,
    but he who reveres the commandment[j] will be (BN)rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is (BO)a fountain of life,
    that one may (BP)turn away from the snares of death.
15 (BQ)Good sense wins (BR)favor,
    but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.[k]
16 (BS)Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
    (BT)but a fool flaunts his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
    but (BU)a faithful envoy brings healing.
18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who (BV)ignores instruction,
    (BW)but whoever (BX)heeds reproof is honored.
19 (BY)A desire fulfilled 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 will suffer harm.
21 (BZ)Disaster[l] pursues sinners,
    (CA)but the righteous are rewarded with good.
22 (CB)A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children,
    but (CC)the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
    but it is swept away through (CD)injustice.
24 (CE)Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
    but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.[m]
25 (CF)The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
    but the belly of the wicked suffers want.


  1. Proverbs 12:13 Or In the transgression of the lips, there is an evil snare
  2. Proverbs 12:17 Hebrew breathes out
  3. Proverbs 12:26 Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully
  4. Proverbs 12:27 Or but diligence is precious wealth
  5. Proverbs 13:5 Or stench
  6. Proverbs 13:7 Or One makes himself rich
  7. Proverbs 13:7 Or another makes himself poor
  8. Proverbs 13:11 Or by fraud
  9. Proverbs 13:13 Or a word
  10. Proverbs 13:13 Or a commandment
  11. Proverbs 13:15 Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); Hebrew is rugged, or is an enduring rut
  12. Proverbs 13:21 Or Evil
  13. Proverbs 13:24 Or who loves him disciplines him early

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