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Proverbs 12 Good News Translation (GNT)

12 Any who love knowledge want to be told when they are wrong. It is stupid to hate being corrected.

The Lord is pleased with good people, but condemns those who plan evil.

Wickedness does not give security, but righteous people stand firm.

A good wife is her husband's pride and joy; but a wife who brings shame on her husband is like a cancer in his bones.

Honest people will treat you fairly; the wicked only want to deceive you.

The words of the wicked are murderous, but the words of the righteous rescue those who are threatened.

The wicked meet their downfall and leave no descendants, but the families of the righteous live on.

If you are intelligent, you will be praised; if you are stupid, people will look down on you.

It is better to be an ordinary person working for a living than to play the part of someone great but go hungry.

10 Good people take care of their animals, but wicked people are cruel to theirs.

11 A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat, but it is stupid to waste time on useless projects.

12 All that wicked people want is to find evil things to do, but the righteous stand firm.[a]

13 The wicked are trapped by their own words, but honest people get themselves out of trouble.

14 Your reward depends on what you say and what you do; you will get what you deserve.

15 Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.

16 When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult.

17 When you tell the truth, justice is done, but lies lead to injustice.

18 Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.

19 A lie has a short life, but truth lives on forever.

20 Those who plan evil are in for a rude surprise, but those who work for good will find happiness.

21 Nothing bad happens to righteous people, but the wicked have nothing but trouble.

22 The Lord hates liars, but is pleased with those who keep their word.

23 Smart people keep quiet about what they know, but stupid people advertise their ignorance.

24 Hard work will give you power; being lazy will make you a slave.

25 Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up.

26 The righteous person is a guide to his friend, but the path of the wicked leads them astray.

27 If you are lazy, you will never get what you are after, but if you work hard, you will get a fortune.[b]

28 Righteousness is the road to life; wickedness[c] is the road to death.


  1. Proverbs 12:12 Verse 12 in Hebrew is unclear.
  2. Proverbs 12:27 Verse 27 in Hebrew is unclear.
  3. Proverbs 12:28 One ancient translation wickedness; Hebrew path.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Proverbs 12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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.


  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
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

12 He who loves knowledge loves discipline,
    but he who hates correction is a boor.

A good man obtains Adonai’s favor,
    but the schemer his condemnation.

No one is made secure by wickedness,
    but the roots of the righteous will never be moved.

A capable wife is a crown for her husband,
    but a shameful one is like rot in his bones.

The plans of the righteous are just,
    but the schemes of the wicked are deceitful.
The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush,
    but the speech of the upright rescues them.
Once the wicked are down, it’s the end of them;
    but the house of the upright endures.

A person wins praise in keeping with his common sense,
    but a person with a warped mind is treated with contempt.

Better to be despised and have a servant
    than to boast of one’s status but have nothing to eat.

10 A righteous man takes care of his animal,
    but the wicked? Even his compassion is cruel.

11 He who farms his land will have plenty of food,
    but he who follows futilities has no sense.

12 The wicked covet the loot of evil men,
    but the root of the righteous gives forth of itself.
13 The wicked is trapped by his own sinful speech,
    but the righteous finds a way out of trouble.

14 One can be filled with good as the result of one’s words,
    and one gets the reward one’s deeds deserve.

15 Fools suppose their way is straight,
    but the wise pay attention to advice.
16 A fool’s anger is known at once,
    but a cautious person slighted conceals his feelings.
17 He who tells the truth furthers justice,
    but a false witness furthers deceit.

18 Idle talk can pierce like a sword,
    but the tongue of the wise can heal.
19 Truthful words will stand forever,
    lying speech but a moment.

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
    but for those advising peace there is joy.
21 No harm can come to the righteous,
    but the wicked are overwhelmed with disaster.

22 Lying lips are an abomination to Adonai,
    but those who deal faithfully are his delight.
23 A cautious person conceals knowledge,
    but the heart of a fool blurts out folly.

24 The diligent will rule,
    while the lazy will be put to forced labor.

25 Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down,
    but a kind word cheers him up.

26 The righteous guides his friend’s way rightly,
    but the way of the wicked will lead them astray.

27 A lazy man doesn’t roast what he hunted;
    but when a man is diligent, his wealth is precious.

28 In the road of righteousness is life;
    no death is in its pathway.

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 12 The Message (MSG)

If You Love Learning

12 If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it—
    how shortsighted to refuse correction!

A good person basks in the delight of God,
    and he wants nothing to do with devious schemers.

You can’t find firm footing in a swamp,
    but life rooted in God stands firm.

A hearty wife invigorates her husband,
    but a frigid woman is cancer in the bones.

The thinking of principled people makes for justice;
    the plots of degenerates corrupt.

The words of the wicked kill;
    the speech of the upright saves.

Wicked people fall to pieces—there’s nothing to them;
    the homes of good people hold together.

A person who talks sense is honored;
    airheads are held in contempt.

Better to be ordinary and work for a living
    than act important and starve in the process.

10 Good people are good to their animals;
    the “good-hearted” bad people kick and abuse them.

11 The one who stays on the job has food on the table;
    the witless chase whims and fancies.

12 What the wicked construct finally falls into ruin,
    while the roots of the righteous give life, and more life.

Wise People Take Advice

13 The gossip of bad people gets them in trouble;
    the conversation of good people keeps them out of it.

14 Well-spoken words bring satisfaction;
    well-done work has its own reward.

15 Fools are headstrong and do what they like;
    wise people take advice.

16 Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly;
    the prudent quietly shrug off insults.

17 Truthful witness by a good person clears the air,
    but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit.

18 Rash language cuts and maims,
    but there is healing in the words of the wise.

19 Truth lasts;
    lies are here today, gone tomorrow.

20 Evil scheming distorts the schemer;
    peace-planning brings joy to the planner.

21 No evil can overwhelm a good person,
    but the wicked have their hands full of it.

22 God can’t stomach liars;
    he loves the company of those who keep their word.

23 Prudent people don’t flaunt their knowledge;
    talkative fools broadcast their silliness.

24 The diligent find freedom in their work;
    the lazy are oppressed by work.

25 Worry weighs us down;
    a cheerful word picks us up.

26 A good person survives misfortune,
    but a wicked life invites disaster.

27 A lazy life is an empty life,
    but “early to rise” gets the job done.

28 Good men and women travel right into life;
    sin’s detours take you straight to hell.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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