Proverbs 12,13 - Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

Proverbs 12

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 Whoever loves discipline loves


But he who hates reproof is stupid.

2 A good man will obtain favor from the


But He will condemn a man who devises


3 A man will not be established by


But the root of the righteous will not

be moved.

4 An excellent wife is the crown of her


But she who shames him is like rottenness

in his bones.

5 The thoughts of the righteous are just,

But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for


But the mouth of the upright will deliver


7 The wicked are overthrown and are

no more,

But the house of the righteous will stand.

8 A man will be praised according to his


But one of perverse mind will be despised.

9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and

has a servant

Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.

10 A righteous man has 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 pursues worthless things lacks


12 The wicked man desires the booty

of evil men,

But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

13 An evil man is ensnared by the trans-

gression of his lips,

But the righteous will escape from trouble.

14 A man will be satisfied with good by the

fruit of his words,

And the deeds of a man's hands will return

to him.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,

But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

16 A fool's anger is known at once,

But a prudent man conceals dishonor.

17 He who speaks truth tells what is right,

But a false witness, deceit.

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 only for a moment.

20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise


But counselors of peace have joy.

21 No harm befalls the righteous,

But the wicked are filled with trouble.

22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,

But those who deal faithfully are His delight.

23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,

But the heart of fools proclaims folly.

24 The hand of the diligent will rule,

But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

25 Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down,

But a good word makes it glad.

26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,

But the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27 A lazy man does not roast his prey,

But the precious possession of a man is


28 In the way of righteousness is life,

And in its pathway there is no death.

Proverbs 13

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 A wise son accepts his father's


But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

2 From the fruit of a man's mouth he

enjoys good,

But the desire of the treacherous is


3 The one who guards his mouth preserves

his life;

The one who opens wide his lips comes

to ruin.

4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets


But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

5 A righteous man hates falsehood,

But a wicked man acts disgustingly and


6 Righteousness guards the one whose

way is blameless,

But wickedness subverts the sinner.

7 There is one who pretends to be rich,

but has nothing;

Another pretends to be poor, but has

great wealth.

8 The ransom of a man's life is his wealth,

But the poor hears no rebuke.

9 The light of the righteous rejoices,

But the lamp of the wicked goes out.

10 Through insolence comes nothing

but strife,

But wisdom is with those who receive


11 Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles,

But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,

But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

13 The one who despises the word will be

in debt to it,

But the one who fears the commandment

will be rewarded.

14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain

of life,

To turn aside from the snares of death.

15 Good understanding produces favor,

But the way of the treacherous is hard.

16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,

But a fool displays folly.

17 A wicked messenger falls into adversity,

But a faithful envoy brings healing.

18 Poverty and shame will come to him

who neglects discipline,

But he who regards reproof will be honored.

19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul,

But it is an abomination to fools to turn away

from evil.

20 He who walks with wise men will be wise,

But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

21 Adversity pursues sinners,

But the righteous will be rewarded with


22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his

children's children,

And the wealth of the sinner is stored up

for the righteous.

23 Abundant food is in the fallow ground

of the poor,

But it is swept away by injustice.

24 He who withholds his rod hates his son,

But he who loves him disciplines him


25 The righteous has enough to satisfy

his appetite,

But the stomach of the wicked is in need.

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