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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.

Nueva Biblia al Día

Proverbios 12

1El que ama la disciplina ama el conocimiento,
    pero el que la aborrece es un necio.

El hombre bueno recibe el favor del Señor,
    pero el intrigante recibe su condena.

Nadie puede afirmarse por medio de la maldad;
    sólo queda firme la raíz de los justos.

La mujer ejemplar[a] es corona de su esposo;
    la desvergonzada es carcoma en los huesos.

En los planes del justo hay justicia,
    pero en los consejos del malvado hay engaño.

Las palabras del malvado son insidias de muerte,
    pero la boca de los justos los pone a salvo.

Los malvados se derrumban y dejan de existir,
    pero los hijos de los justos permanecen.

Al hombre se le alaba según su sabiduría,
    pero al de mal corazón se le desprecia.

Vale más un Don Nadie con criado
    que un Don Alguien sin pan.

10 El justo atiende a las necesidades de su bestia,
    pero el malvado es de mala entraña.

11 El que labra su tierra tendrá abundante comida,
    pero el que sueña despierto[b] es un imprudente.

12 Los malos deseos son la trampa[c] de los malvados,
    pero la raíz de los justos prospera.

13 En el pecado de sus labios se enreda el malvado,
    pero el justo sale del aprieto.

14 Cada uno se sacia[d] del fruto de sus labios,
    y de la obra de sus manos recibe su recompensa.

15 Al necio le parece bien lo que emprende,
    pero el sabio atiende al consejo.

16 El necio muestra en seguida su enojo,
    pero el prudente pasa por alto el insulto.

17 El testigo verdadero declara lo que es justo,
    pero el testigo falso declara falsedades.

18 El charlatán hiere con la lengua como con una espada,
    pero la lengua del sabio brinda alivio.

19 Los labios sinceros permanecen para siempre,
    pero la lengua mentirosa dura sólo un instante.

20 En los que fraguan el mal habita el engaño,
    pero hay gozo para los que promueven la paz.

21 Al justo no le sobrevendrá ningún daño,
    pero al malvado lo cubrirá la desgracia.

22 El Señor aborrece a los de labios mentirosos,
    pero se complace en los que actúan con lealtad.

23 El hombre prudente no muestra lo que sabe,
    pero el corazón de los necios proclama su necedad.

24 El de manos diligentes gobernará;
    pero el perezoso será subyugado.

25 La angustia abate el corazón del hombre,
    pero una palabra amable lo alegra.

26 El justo es guía de su prójimo,[e]
    pero el camino del malvado lleva a la perdición.

27 El perezoso no atrapa presa,[f]
    pero el diligente ya posee una gran riqueza.

28 En el camino de la justicia se halla la vida;
    por ese camino se evita la muerte.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbios 12:4 ejemplar. Alt. fuerte; véase 31:10-31.
  2. Proverbios 12:11 el que sueña despierto. Lit. el que persigue lo vacío; también en 28:19.
  3. Proverbios 12:12 la trampa (texto probable); el botín (TM).
  4. Proverbios 12:14 se sacia. Lit. se sacia de lo bueno.
  5. Proverbios 12:26 Texto de difícil traducción.
  6. Proverbios 12:27 no atrapa presa. Alt. no pone a asar lo que ha cazado. Texto de difícil traducción.