Proverbs 12:18-27

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
A prudent man conceals knowledge,
But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the [a]slack hand will be put to forced labor.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.
The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
A [b]lazy man does not [c]roast his prey,
But the precious possession of a man is diligence.

  1. Proverbs 12:24 Lit slackness
  2. Proverbs 12:27 Lit slackness
  3. Proverbs 12:27 Or catch

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