Proverbs 12

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If You Love Learning

[1-12] 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.

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

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

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

Wise People Take Advice

[13-28] The gossip of bad people gets them in trouble;
the conversation of good people keeps them out of it.

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

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

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

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

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

Truth lasts;
lies are here today, gone tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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