1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
1 The person who loves correction loves knowledge, but anyone who hates a rebuke is stupid.
1 Whoever loves instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.
2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
2 The good person will gain favor from the LORD, but the man who plots evil will be condemned by him.
2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He condemns.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
3 A person doesn't gain security by wickedness, but the righteous won't be uprooted.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall never be moved.
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but a wife who puts him to shame is like bone cancer.
4 A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just,But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just,but guidance from the wicked leads to deceit.
5 The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
5 The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are honest and reliable, but the counsels and designs of the wicked are treacherous.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
6 The words of the wicked lead to bloodshed, but the speech of the upright delivers them.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them and the innocent ones [thus endangered].
7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
7 After they're overthrown, the wicked won't be found, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are not, but the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall stand.
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
8 A man is praised for his insight,but a twisted mind is despised.
8 A man is praised because of his wise words, but the perverted mind will be despised.
8 A man shall be commended according to his Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God], but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servantThan he who honors himself and lacks bread.
9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
9 It's better to be unimportant, yet have a servant, than to pretend to be important, but lack food.
9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed but works for his own support than he who assumes honor for himself and lacks bread.
10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
10 The righteous person looks out for the welfare of his livestock, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
10 A [consistently] righteous man regards the life of his beast, but even 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.
11 Whoever tills his soil will have a lot to eat, but anyone who pursues fantasies lacks sense.
11 He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.
12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
12 The wicked desires what evil people gain, but the foundation of the righteous is productive.
12 The wicked desire the booty of evil men, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous yields [richer fruitage].
13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
13 An evil man's sinful speech ensnares him, but the righteous person escapes from trouble.
13 The wicked is [dangerously] snared by the transgression of his lips, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous 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.
14 By his fruitful speech a man can remain satisfied, and a man's handiwork will reward him.
14 From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
15 The lifestyle of the fool is right in his own opinion, but wise is the man who listens to advice.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise.
16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
16 The anger of a fool becomes readily apparent, but the prudent person overlooks an insult.
16 A fool's wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.
17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
17 The truth teller speaks what is right, but the false witness speaks what is deceitful.
17 He who breathes out truth shows forth righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
18 Some speak rashly like the cutting of a sword, but what the wise say promotes healing.
18 There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
19 A truthful saying is trusted forever, but the liar only for a moment.
19 Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,But counselors of peace have joy.
20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy.
20 Deceit is at home in the heart of those who plan evil, but those who promote peace rejoice.
20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy.
21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
21 No harm overwhelms the righteous, but the wicked overflow with trouble.
21 No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity.
22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
22 Deceitful speech is reprehensible to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
22 Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord, but they who deal faithfully are His delight.
23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
23 A prudent man keeps what he knows to himself, but the hearts of fools shout forth their foolishness.
23 A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] fools proclaims their folly.
24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
24 The diligent will take control, but the lazy will be put to forced labor.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
25 A person's anxiety weighs down his heart, but an appropriate word is encouraging.
25 Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.
26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
26 The righteous person is cautious with respect to his neighbor, but the lifestyle of the wicked leads them astray.
26 The [consistently] righteous man is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked causes others to go astray.
27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
27 The lazy person does not roast what he has hunted, but diligence is one's most important possession.
27 The slothful man does not catch his game or roast it once he kills it, but the diligent man gets precious possessions.
28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
28 In the pathway to righteousness there is life, and in that lifestyle there is no death.
28 Life is in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), and in its pathway there is no death but immortality (perpetual, eternal life).
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