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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.

New International Reader's Version

Proverbs 12

1Anyone who loves correction loves knowledge.
    Anyone who hates to be corrected is stupid.

The Lord blesses anyone who does good.
    But he judges anyone who plans to do evil.

No one can become strong and steady by doing evil.
    But if people do what is right, they can’t be removed from the land.

An excellent woman is her husband’s crown.
    But a wife who brings shame is like sickness in his bones.

The plans of godly people are right.
    But the advice of sinners will lead you the wrong way.

The words of those who are evil hide and wait to spill people’s blood.
    But the speech of those who are honest saves them from traps like that.

Sinners are destroyed and taken away.
    But the houses of godly people stand firm.

A person is praised for how wise they are.
    But people hate anyone who has a twisted mind.

Being nobody and having a servant
    is better than pretending to be somebody and having no food.

10 Those who do what is right take good care of their animals.
    But the kindest acts of those who do wrong are mean.

11 Those who farm their land will have plenty of food.
    But those who chase dreams have no sense.

12 Those who do what is wrong are safe for just a while.
    But those who do what is right last forever.

13 Those who do evil are trapped by their sinful talk.
    But those who have done no wrong escape trouble.

14 Many good things come from what people say.
    And the work of their hands rewards them.

15 The way of foolish people seems right to them.
    But those who are wise listen to advice.

16 Foolish people are easily upset.
    But wise people pay no attention to hurtful words.

17 An honest witness tells the truth.
    But a dishonest witness tells lies.

18 The words of thoughtless people cut like swords.
    But the tongue of wise people brings healing.

19 Truthful words last forever.
    But lies last for only a moment.

20 There are lies in the hearts of those who plan evil.
    But there is joy for those who work to bring peace.

21 No harm comes to godly people.
    But sinners have all the trouble they can handle.

22 The Lord hates those whose lips tell lies.
    But he is pleased with people who tell the truth.

23 Wise people keep their knowledge to themselves.
    But the hearts of foolish people shout foolish things.

24 Hands that work hard will rule.
    But people who are lazy will be forced to work.

25 Worry makes the heart heavy.
    But a kind word cheers it up.

26 Godly people are careful about the friends they choose.
    But the way of sinners leads them down the wrong path.

27 Lazy people do not even cook what they catch.
    But those who work hard eat their fill of what is hunted.

28 There is life in doing what is right.
    Along that path you will never die.