King James Bible

Proverbs 12:1-28

The wise and the foolish contrasted

"1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.”

“2 A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.”

“3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.”

“4 A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.”

“5 The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.”

“6 The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.”

“7 The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.”

“8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.”

“9 [He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.”

“10 A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.”

“11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.”

“12 The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].”

“13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.”

“14 A man 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 way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.”

“16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.”

“17 [He that] speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.”

“18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.”

“19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.”

“20 Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.”

“21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.”

“22 Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.”

“23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.”

“24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”

“25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”

“26 The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”

“27 The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious. 28 In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.” (Proverbs 12:1-28 AV)

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