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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Proverbs 12:1-28

12  A lover of discipline is a lover of knowledge,+ but a hater of reproof is unreasoning.+  One that is good gets approval from Jehovah,+ but the man* of [wicked] ideas he pronounces wicked.+  No man* will be firmly established by wickedness;+ but as for the root-foundation of the righteous ones, it will not be caused to stagger.+  A capable wife is a crown to her owner,+ but as rottenness in his bones is she that acts shamefully.+  The thoughts of the righteous ones are judgment;+ the steering by the wicked ones is deception.+  The words of the wicked ones are a lying in wait* for blood,+ but the mouth of the upright ones is what will deliver them.+  There is an overthrowing* of the wicked ones and they are no more,+ but the very house of the righteous ones will keep standing.+  For his mouth of discretion a man will be praised,+ but one who is twisted at heart will come to be for contempt.+  Better is the one lightly esteemed but having a servant than the one glorifying himself but in want of bread.+ 10  The righteous one is caring for the soul of his domestic animal,+ but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel.+ 11  The one cultivating his ground will himself be satisfied with bread,+ but the one pursuing valueless things is in want of heart.*+ 12  The wicked one has desired the netted prey of bad men;+ but as for the root of the righteous ones, it yields.+ 13  By the transgression of the lips the bad person is ensnared,+ but the righteous one gets out of distress.+ 14  From the fruitage of a man’s mouth* he is satisfied with good,+ and the very doing of a man’s hands* will come back to him.+ 15  The way of the foolish one is right in his own eyes,+ but the one listening to counsel is wise.+ 16  It is a foolish person that makes known his vexation in the [same] day,+ but the shrewd one is covering over a dishonor.+ 17  He that launches forth faithfulness will tell what is righteous,+ but a false witness, deception.+ 18  There exists the one speaking thoughtlessly as with the stabs of a sword,+ but the tongue of the wise ones is a healing.+ 19  It is the lip of truth+ that will be firmly established forever,+ but the tongue of falsehood will be only as long as a moment.*+ 20  Deception is in the heart of those fabricating mischief,+ but those counseling peace have rejoicing.+ 21  Nothing hurtful will befall the righteous one,+ but the wicked are the ones that will certainly be filled with calamity.+ 22  False lips are something detestable to Jehovah,+ but those acting in faithfulness are a pleasure to him.+ 23  A shrewd man* is covering knowledge,+ but the heart of the stupid ones is one that calls out foolishness.+ 24  The hand of the diligent ones is the one that will rule,+ but the slack hand will come to be for forced labor.+ 25  Anxious care in the heart of a man* is what will cause it to bow down,+ but the good word is what makes it rejoice.+ 26  The righteous one spies out his own pasturage, but the very way of wicked ones causes them to wander about.+ 27  Slackness will not start up one’s game animals,+ but the diligent one is a man’s* precious wealth. 28  In the path of righteousness there is life,+ and the journey in its pathway means no death.+


“But the man of.” Heb., weʼish′.
Or, “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
“A lying in wait.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive construct.
“There is an overthrowing.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time and impersonal.
Or, “is lacking good motive.” Heb., chasar-lev′.
Lit., “mouth of a man.” Heb., phi-ʼish′.
Lit., “hands of a man.” Heb., yedheh-ʼa·dham′.
Lit., “will be only as long as I am inclined to give rest [or, to twinkle].”
“Man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
“Man.” Heb., ʼish.
“Man’s.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.