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 (Traditional)

箴言 12

1喜愛管教的喜愛知識,
    厭惡責備的愚不可及。
善良的人蒙耶和華賜恩,
    詭詐的人被耶和華定罪。
人不能靠惡行堅立自己,
    義人的根基卻不會動搖。
賢德的妻子是丈夫的冠冕,
    無恥的妻子如丈夫的骨瘤。
義人的心思公平正直,
    惡人的計謀陰險詭詐。
惡人的言語暗藏殺機,
    正直人的口拯救生命。
惡人覆滅不復存在,
    義人的家屹立不倒。
人有智慧受稱讚,
    心術不正遭唾棄。
地位卑微卻有僕人,
    勝過自高卻餓肚子。
10 義人顧惜自己的牲畜,
    惡人的憐憫也是殘忍。
11 努力耕耘者豐衣足食;
    追求虛榮者愚不可及。
12 惡人貪戀壞人的贓物,
    義人的根結出碩果。
13 惡人被自己的惡言所困,
    但義人可以脫離險境。
14 口出良言,飽嚐美福;
    雙手勤勞,終得回報。
15 愚人自以為是,
    智者肯聽勸誡。
16 愚人難壓怒氣,
    明哲忍辱負重。
17 忠實的證人講真話,
    作偽證者滿口謊言。
18 出言不慎猶如利劍傷人,
    智者之言卻能醫治創傷。
19 誠實的口永遠長存,
    撒謊的舌轉瞬即逝。
20 圖謀惡事的心懷詭詐,
    勸人和睦的喜樂洋溢。
21 義人無往不利,
    惡人災禍連連。
22 耶和華厭惡說謊的嘴,
    祂喜愛行為誠實的人。
23 明哲不露鋒芒,
    愚人心吐愚昧。
24 殷勤的手必掌權,
    懶惰者必做奴僕。
25 憂慮的心使人消沉,
    一句良言振奮人心。
26 義人引人走正路,
    惡人領人入歧途。
27 懶漢不烤獵物,
    勤快人得資財。
28 公義的道上有生命,
    公義的路上無死亡。