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12 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,

But he who hates correction is stupid.

2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

3 A man is not established by wickedness,

But the aroot of the righteous cannot be moved.

4 bAn 1excellent wife is the crown of her husband,

But she who causes shame is clike rottenness in his bones.

5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,

But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

6 dThe words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,”

eBut the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

7 fThe wicked are overthrown and are no more,

But the house of the righteous will stand.

8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom,

gBut he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.

9 hBetter is the one who is 2slighted but has a servant,

Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.

10 iA righteous man regards the life of his animal,

But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11 jHe who 3tills his land will be satisfied with kbread,

But he who follows 4frivolity lis devoid of 5understanding.

12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men,

But the root of the righteous yields fruit.

13 mThe wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,

nBut the righteous will come through trouble.

14 oA man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,

pAnd the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.

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

But he who heeds counsel is wise.

16 rA fool’s wrath is known at once,

But a prudent man covers shame.

17 sHe who speaks truth declares righteousness,

But a false witness, deceit.

18 tThere is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,

But the tongue of the wise promotes health.

19 The truthful lip shall be established forever,

uBut a lying tongue is but for a moment.

20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,

But counselors of peace have joy.

21 vNo grave 6trouble will overtake the righteous,

But the wicked shall be filled with evil.

22 wLying lips are an abomination to the Lord,

But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

23 xA prudent man conceals knowledge,

But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

24 yThe hand of the diligent will rule,

But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

25 zAnxiety in the heart of man causes depression,

But aa good word makes it glad.

26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully,

For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,

But diligence is man’s precious possession.

28 In the way of righteousness is life,

And in its pathway there is no death.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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