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There is a sharp contrast between how the godly ( the believer in Christ) and the wicked (the unbeliever) communicate. “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword. But the tongue of the wise promotes health.” (12:18) The Gospel of Christ ,above all else, gives health to our sin stricken souls.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 12:1-28

ESV Text: Proverbs 12:1-28

Proverbs 12 (Listen)

12:1   Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but he who hates reproof is stupid.
  A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
    but a man of evil devices he condemns.
  No one is established by wickedness,
    but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
  An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
    but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
  The thoughts of the righteous are just;
    the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
  The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
    but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
  The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
    but the house of the righteous will stand.
  A man is commended according to his good sense,
    but one of twisted mind is despised.
  Better to be lowly and have a servant
    than to play the great man and lack bread.
10   Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
    but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11   Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
    but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12   Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
    but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13   An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,1
    but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14   From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
    and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
15   The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    but a wise man listens to advice.
16   The vexation of a fool is known at once,
    but the prudent ignores an insult.
17   Whoever speaks2 the truth gives honest evidence,
    but a false witness utters deceit.
18   There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19   Truthful lips endure forever,
    but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20   Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
    but those who plan peace have joy.
21   No ill befalls the righteous,
    but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22   Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
    but those who act 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,
    while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25   Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.
26   One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,3
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27   Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
    but the diligent man will get precious wealth.4
28   In the path of righteousness is life,
    and in its pathway there is no death.


[1] 12:13 Or In the transgression of the lips, there is an evil snare

[2] 12:17 Hebrew breathes out

[3] 12:26 Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully

[4] 12:27 Or but diligence is precious wealth


KJV Text: Proverbs 12:1-28

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     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.

     4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

     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.

     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 lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

     14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

     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.

     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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 491 : Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit

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1. Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit
On Thy servant now, we pray;
Let him prove a faithful shepherd
To Thy little lambs alway.
Thy pure teaching to proclaim,
To extol Thy holy name,
And to feed Thy lambs, dear Savior,
Make his aim and sole endeavor.

2. Thou, O Lord, Thyself hast called him
For Thy precious lambs to care;
But to prosper in his calling,
He the Spirit’s gifts must share.
Grant him wisdom from above,
Fill his heart with holy love;
In all weakness be Thou near him,
In his prayers, Good Shepherd, hear him.

3. Help, Lord Jesus, help him nourish
Our dear children with Thy Word
That in constant love they serve Thee
Till in heav’n their song is heard.
Boundless blessings, Lord, bestow
On his faithful toil below
Till by grace to him is given
His reward, the crown of heaven.