Proverbs

Proverbs 12 ©

Various observations of moral virtues and their contrary vices.

1

WHOSO aloveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

2

A bgood man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

3

A cman shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

4

A dvirtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as erottenness in his bones.

e ch. 14.30.
5

The fthoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

6

The gwords of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

7

The hwicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

8

A iman shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is 1of a perverse heart shall be despised.

9

He that is jdespised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

10

A krighteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the 2tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11

He lthat *tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: mbut he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

12

The nwicked desireth 3the net of evil men: but othe root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

13

4The pwicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but qthe just shall come out of trouble.

q 2Pe. 2.9. ch. 21.23.
14

A rman shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

15

The sway of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

16

A fool's wrath is 5*presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

17

He that tspeaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

18

uThere is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: vbut the tongue of the wise is health.

19

The wlip of truth shall be established for ever: xbut a lying tongue is but for a moment.

w Zec. 1.5,6.
x Ps. 52.4,5; 120.3,4. ch. 19.9.
20

yDeceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: zbut to the counsellors of peace is joy.

21

aThere shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

22

bLying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

23

A cprudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

24

The dhand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the 6slothful shall be under tribute.

d ch. 10.4; 22.29; 13.4. v.27.
25

eHeaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: fbut a good word maketh it glad.

26

The grighteous is more 7excellent than his neighbour: hbut the way of the wicked seduceth them.

27

The islothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: jbut the substance of a diligent man is precious.

28

In kthe way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.