Proverbs 12
Reproof, wicked words, ambition, deceit
 1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
 2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
 3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
  Loveth instruction ... knowledge We can love knowledge without going through the instruction. 2ti0316. Reproof is part of knowledge.
  Brutish That is, "Beastlike." Animals are not generally capable of changing behavior which may be contrary to their instinct. 2pe0212.
  Root of the righteous See ps00103, ps03723, ep0317.
 4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.   Crown Her faithfulness is a testimony to his goodness. And so it is when we honor Christ, our divine "husband." is6203. The book of proverbs ends with a description of the virtuous woman pr3110. A virtuous man makes his wife a queen.
 5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
 6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
 7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
  Right Literally "judgments" or "justice." Considering the rest of the verse, we might say that the thoughts of the righteous person are screened and molded to be a blessing.
  House ... shall stand See mt0724.
 8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
 9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
.10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
 11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
.13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his but the just shall come out of trouble.
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
  10 - Life of his beast We are responsible for kindness to animals. God sees their suffering jon0411, mt0626, mt1029. He required good treatment to animals ex2304, de2504. There are times when lives of animals need to be ended but by inflicting a minimum of pain and trauma. Killing for human appetites is rarely one of them.
  11 - Vain persons Should be translated "vanities."
  12 - The net From masod. The Hebrew of this word and the verse is unclear.
  13 - Out of trouble God helps the rightous in trouble  ps03739, 2pe0209.
.15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
 16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
 17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
 18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
 19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
.20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
 21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
  15 - Right in his own eyes Also pr1412.
  15 - Hearkeneth See pr0507, pr1310, pr1412, pr2102.
  17 - Speaketh truth Literally "breath out truth." He is naturally truthful and open. The "false witness" naturally lies even when it is of no advantage for him. pr1125.
  18 - Piercings of a sword Kind words, in contrast, bring healing of the feelings. The "mouth of the sword" (its cutting edge or its killing power) is an idiom that Hebrew readers would think of in connection with "piercings" and "tongue."
  19 - For a moment The Hebrew probably means "while I wink the eye." Truth stands the test of investigation.
  21 - No evil The righteous do suffer evil but in eternity it will seem insignificant. Even now, they remain at peace. ro0828.
  21 - Mischief From na' which may mean "evil" as in 1ki1106 or "disaster" as in ps14105. "Disaster" is apparently the intended meaning.
.22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
 23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
 24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
 25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
 26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
 27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
.28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
  22 - Lying lips See pr1031, pr1707, ja0305, re2215.
  24 - Under tribute Staying out of debt is wise.
  25 - Heaviness Worry is an unnecessary burden because we may trust God ps02304.
  26 - Unclear in the Hebrew.
  27 - Roasteth not Various reasons could be given.
  28 - Life Life and death may be metaphors. The two paths lead to eternal life and eternal death.

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