12:1 The one who loves discipline loves knowledge,
but the one who hates reproof is stupid.
12:2 A good person obtains favor from the Lord,
but the Lord condemns a person with wicked schemes.
12:3 No one can be established through wickedness,
but a righteous root cannot be moved.
12:4 A noble wife is the crown of her husband,
but the wife who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones.
12:5 The plans of the righteous are just;
the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
12:6 The words of the wicked lie in wait to shed innocent blood,
but the words of the upright will deliver them.
12:7 The wicked are overthrown and perish,
but the righteous household will stand.
12:8 A person is praised in accordance with his wisdom,
but the one who has a twisted mind is despised.
12:9 Better is a person of humble standing who nevertheless has a servant,
than one who pretends to be somebody important yet has no food.
12:10 A righteous person cares for the life of his animal,
but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.
12:11 The one who works his field will have plenty of food,
but whoever chases daydreams lacks wisdom.
12:12 The wicked person desires a stronghold,
but the righteous root endures.
12:13 The evil person is ensnared by the transgression of his speech,
but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.
12:14 A person will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words,
and the work of his hands will be rendered to him.
12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own opinion,
but the one who listens to advice is wise.
12:16 A fool’s annoyance is known at once,
but the prudent overlooks an insult.
12:17 The faithful witness tells what is right,
but a false witness speaks deceit.
12:18 Speaking recklessly is like the thrusts of a sword,
but the words of the wise bring healing.
12:19 The one who tells the truth will endure forever,
but the one who lies will last only for a moment.
12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.
12:21 The righteous do not encounter any harm,
but the wicked are filled with calamity.
12:22 The Lord abhors a person who lies,
but those who deal truthfully are his delight.
12:23 The shrewd person conceals knowledge,
but foolish people publicize folly.
12:24 The diligent person will rule,
but the slothful will become a slave.
12:25 Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down,
but an encouraging word brings him joy.
12:26 The righteous person is cautious in his friendship,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
12:27 The lazy person does not roast his prey,
but personal possessions are precious to the diligent.
12:28 In the path of righteousness there is life,
but another path leads to death.