The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 12:1–28

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Whoso loveth knowledge loveth correction; but he that is brutish hateth reproof.

He that loves instruction loves sense, but he that hates reproofs is a fool.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge. But whoever hates correction is unwise.

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A good man shall obtain favour of YHWH; but a man of wicked devices will He condemn.

He that has found favour with the Lord is made better; but a transgressor shall be passed over in silence.

Whoever is good shall draw grace from the Lord. But whoever trusts in his own thoughts acts impiously.

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A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall never be moved.

Man will not be made strong from impiety. And the root of the just shall not be moved.

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but she that doeth shamefully is as rottenness in his bones.

A diligent woman is a crown to her husband. And she who acts with confusion as to which things are worthy is decay to his bones.

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The thoughts of the righteous are right; but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

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

The counsel of the wicked is to lie in wait for the shedding of the blood; but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

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The wicked are overthrown, and are not; but the house of the righteous shall stand.

When the ungodly is overthrown, he vanishes away; but the houses of the just remain.

Turn from the impious, and they will not be. But the house of the just shall stand firm.

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A man shall be commended according to his intelligence; but he that is of a distorted understanding shall be despised.

A man will be known by his doctrine. But whoever is vain and heartless will suffer contempt.

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Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, than he that playeth the man of rank, and lacketh bread.

Better is a man in dishonour serving himself, than one honouring himself and wanting bread.

Better is a pauper who has what he needs, than someone glorious and in need of bread.

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10  A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

10  A righteous man has pity for the lives of his cattle; but the bowels of the ungodly are unmerciful.

10  The just one knows the lives of his beasts. But the inner most parts of the impious are cruel.

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11  He that tilleth his ground shall have plenty of bread; but he that followeth after vain things is void of understanding.

11  Whoever works his land shall be satisfied with bread. But whoever continually pursues leisure is most foolish. Whoever is soothed by lingering over wine leaves behind contempt in his strongholds.

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12  The wicked desireth the prey of evil men; but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

12  The desires of the ungodly are evil; but the roots of the godly are firmly set.

12  The desire of the impious is the fortification of what is most wicked. But the root of the just shall prosper.

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13  In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; but the righteous cometh out of trouble.

13  For the sin of his lips a sinner falls into snare; but a righteous man escapes from them. He whose looks are gentle shall be pitied, but he that contends in the gates will afflict souls.

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14  A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the doings of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

14  The soul of a man shall be filled with good from the fruits of his mouth; and the recompence of his lips shall be given to him.

14  By the fruit of his own mouth, each one shall be filled with good things, and according to the works of his own hands, it will be distributed to him.

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15  The way of a fool is straight in his own eyes; but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

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16  A fool's vexation is presently known; but a prudent man concealeth shame.

16  A fool declares his wrath the same day; but a prudent man hides his own disgrace.

16  The senseless immediately reveals his anger. But whoever ignores injuries is clever.

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17  He that breatheth forth truth uttereth righteousness; but a false witness deceit.

17  A righteous man declares the open truth; but an unjust witness is deceitful.

17  He is a sign of justice, who speaks what he knows. But whoever deceives is a dishonest witness.

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18  There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword; but the tongue of the wise is health.

18  Some wound as they speak, like swords; but the tongues of the wise heal.

18  He who makes promises is also jabbed, as if with a sword, in conscience. But the tongue of the wise is reasonable.

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19  The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

19  True lips establish testimony; but a hasty witness has an unjust tongue.

19  The lips of truth shall be steadfast forever. But a hasty witness readies a lying tongue.

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20  Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

20  There is deceit in the heart of him that imagines evil; but they that love peace shall rejoice.

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21  There shall no mischief befall the righteous; but the wicked are filled with evil.

21  Whatever may befall the just, it will not discourage him. But the impious will be filled with disasters.

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22  Lying lips are an abomination to YHWH; but they that deal truly are His delight.

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23  A prudent man concealeth knowledge; but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

23  An understanding man is a throne of wisdom; but the heart of fools shall meet with curses.

23  A resourceful man conceals knowledge. And the heart of the unwise provokes foolishness.

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24  The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful shall be under tribute.

24  The hand of chosen men shall easily obtain rule; but the deceitful shall be for a prey.

25  Care in the heart of a man boweth it down; but a good word maketh it glad.

25  A terrible word troubles the heart of a righteous man; but a good message rejoices him.

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26  The righteous is guided by his friend; but the way of the wicked leadeth them astray.

26  A just arbitrator shall be his own friend; but mischief shall pursue sinners; and the way of ungodly men shall lead them astray.

26  He who ignores a loss for the sake of a friend is just. But the way of the impious will deceive them.

27  The slothful man shall not hunt his prey; but the precious substance of men is to be diligent.

27  A deceitful man shall catch no game; but a blameless man is a precious possession.

27  The dishonest will not discover gain. But the substance of a man will be like precious gold.

28  In the way of righteousness is life, and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

28  In the ways of righteousness is life; but the ways of those that remember injuries lead to death.

28  In the path of justice, there is life. But the devious way leads to death.