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Chapter 12

12:1 Whoso loveth knowledge loveth correction; but he that is brutish hateth reproof.

12:2 A good man shall obtain favour of the Lord; but a man of wicked devices will He condemn.

12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall never be moved.

12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but she that doeth shamefully is as rottenness in his bones.

12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right; but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood; but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not; but the house of the righteous shall stand.

12:8 A man shall be commended according to his intelligence; but he that is of a distorted understanding shall be despised.

12:9 Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, than he that playeth the man of rank, and lacketh bread.

12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

12:11 He that tilleth his ground shall have plenty of bread; but he that followeth after vain things is void of understanding.

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

12:13 In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; but the righteous cometh out of trouble.

12:14 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.

12:15 The way of a fool is straight in his own eyes; but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

12:16 A fool's vexation is presently known; but a prudent man concealeth shame.

12:17 He that breatheth forth truth uttereth righteousness; but a false witness deceit.

12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword; but the tongue of the wise is health.

12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

12:21 There shall no mischief befall the righteous; but the wicked are filled with evil.

12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord; but they that deal truly are His delight.

12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge; but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful shall be under tribute.

12:25 Care in the heart of a man boweth it down; but a good word maketh it glad.

12:26 The righteous is guided by his friend; but the way of the wicked leadeth them astray.

12:27 The slothful man shall not hunt his prey; but the precious substance of men is to be diligent.

12:28 In the way of righteousness is life, and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

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