Amplified Bible

Proverbs 12

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1Whoever loves instruction and discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof and correction is stupid.

A good man will obtain favor from the Lord,
But He will condemn a man who devises evil.

A man will not be established by wickedness,
But the root of the [consistently] righteous will not be moved.

A virtuous and excellent wife [worthy of honor] is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him [with her foolishness] is like rottenness in his bones.

The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are just (honest, reliable),
But the counsels and schemes of the wicked are deceitful.

The [malevolent] words of the wicked lie in wait for [innocent] blood [to slander],
But the mouth of the upright will rescue and protect them.

The wicked are overthrown [by their evil] and are no more,
But the house of the [consistently] righteous will stand [securely].

A man will be commended according to his insight and sound judgment,
But the one who is of a perverse mind will be despised.

[a]Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant,
Than he who [boastfully] honors himself [pretending to be what he is not] and lacks bread.
10 
A righteous man has kind regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
11 
He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows worthless things lacks common sense and good judgment.
12 
The wicked desire the plunder of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields richer fruit.
13 
An evil man is [dangerously] ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will escape from trouble.
14 
A man will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words,
And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him [as a harvest].
15 
The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes,
But a wise and prudent man is he who listens to counsel.
16 
The [arrogant] fool’s anger is quickly known [because he lacks self-control and common sense],
But a prudent man ignores an insult.
17 
He who speaks truth [when he testifies] tells what is right,
But a false witness utters deceit [in court].
18 
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 
Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is [credited] only for a moment.
20 
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
21 
No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 
Lying lips are extremely disgusting to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
23 
A shrewd man is reluctant to display his knowledge [until the proper time],
But the heart of [over-confident] fools proclaims foolishness.
24 
The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the negligent and lazy will be put to forced labor.
25 
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good (encouraging) word makes it glad.
26 
The righteous man is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 
The lazy man does not catch and roast his prey,
But the precious possession of a [wise] man is diligence [because he recognizes opportunities and seizes them].
28 
In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death [but immortality—eternal life].

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 12:9 This is the first of many verses in Proverbs that use the “better...than” construction to emphasize contrasting positions.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 12

1喜爱管教的喜爱知识,
    厌恶责备的愚不可及。
善良的人蒙耶和华赐恩,
    诡诈的人被耶和华定罪。
人不能靠恶行坚立自己,
    义人的根基却不会动摇。
贤德的妻子是丈夫的冠冕,
    无耻的妻子如丈夫的骨瘤。
义人的心思公平正直,
    恶人的计谋阴险诡诈。
恶人的言语暗藏杀机,
    正直人的口拯救生命。
恶人覆灭不复存在,
    义人的家屹立不倒。
人有智慧受称赞,
    心术不正遭唾弃。
地位卑微却有仆人,
    胜过自高却饿肚子。
10 义人顾惜自己的牲畜,
    恶人的怜悯也是残忍。
11 努力耕耘者丰衣足食;
    追求虚荣者愚不可及。
12 恶人贪恋坏人的赃物,
    义人的根结出硕果。
13 恶人被自己的恶言所困,
    但义人可以脱离险境。
14 口出良言,饱尝美福;
    双手勤劳,终得回报。
15 愚人自以为是,
    智者肯听劝诫。
16 愚人难压怒气,
    明哲忍辱负重。
17 忠实的证人讲真话,
    作伪证者满口谎言。
18 出言不慎犹如利剑伤人,
    智者之言却能医治创伤。
19 诚实的口永远长存,
    撒谎的舌转瞬即逝。
20 图谋恶事的心怀诡诈,
    劝人和睦的喜乐洋溢。
21 义人无往不利,
    恶人灾祸连连。
22 耶和华厌恶说谎的嘴,
    祂喜爱行为诚实的人。
23 明哲不露锋芒,
    愚人心吐愚昧。
24 殷勤的手必掌权,
    懒惰者必做奴仆。
25 忧虑的心使人消沉,
    一句良言振奋人心。
26 义人引人走正路,
    恶人领人入歧途。
27 懒汉不烤猎物,
    勤快人得资财。
28 公义的道上有生命,
    公义的路上无死亡。