Proverbs Chapter 12

1WHOEVER LOVES instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.

    2A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He condemns.

    3A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall never be moved.

    4A 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.

    5The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are honest and reliable, but the counsels and designs of the wicked are treacherous.

    6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them and the innocent ones [thus endangered].

    7The wicked are overthrown and are not, but the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall stand.

    8A 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.

    9Better is he who is lightly esteemed but works for his own support than he who assumes honor for himself and lacks bread.

    10A [consistently] righteous man regards the life of his beast, but even the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

    11He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.

    12The wicked desire the booty of evil men, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous yields [richer fruitage].

    13The wicked is [dangerously] snared by the transgression of his lips, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall come out of trouble.

    14From 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].

    15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise.

    16A fool’s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.

    17He who breathes out truth shows forth righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), but a false witness utters deceit.

    18There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

    19Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment.

    20Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy.

    21No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity.

    22Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord, but they who deal faithfully are His delight.

    23A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] fools proclaims their folly.

    24The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.

    25Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.

    26The [consistently] righteous man is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked causes others to go astray.

    27The slothful man does not catch his game or roast it once he kills it, but the diligent man gets precious possessions.

    28Life 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).

The scriptures above are those that my dad used to teach me as a child but not necessarily in those words. “Don’t lie; God doesn’t like that, just because you may know more than someone else doesn’t mean you have to let everyone know, If you work hard you may one day find one day people working for you, and son if you don’t work, you don’t eat. “ There is an ethic in these scriptures of responsibility. Something that I feel has been lost in our younger generations,

15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise.

16A fool’s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.

18There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

If you look at any television today you see verses 15, 16 and the first part of 18 are rampant. Sports all-stars, entertainers, politicians and even religious leaders fall within the scope of theses scriptures. Humility is not a characteristic found in our mainstream as it once was. Foolishness is what is teaching our children how to act and perform if parents don’t counteract those actions with the wisdom of Proverbs and the word of God in its entirety.

The summary of this 12th chapter is that if you are righteous you will live in the favor of the Lord, if not you can be overthrown and your works will not last as the Lord is not pleased with you or your actions. Sounds simple yes? It may be but it is the very foundation we are losing within our communities. It seems it is more profitable to be unrighteous when it comes to daily lifestyle choices. Social media has upped the ante with information becoming real-time. Proverbs 12 is a lesson – the race isn’t given to the swift or the strong, but those that endure until the end. Our lives are journey’s not sprints. Our righteous living is a pay off in the long run. A pay off of immortality…If we’re not stupid.

I’m just your run of the mill guy. Follower of Christ, husband of one beautiful wife, father of a daughter with the prettiest smile this side of heaven, son of two of God’s greatest gifts, and brother to a sister that is second to none in generosity of heart. I’m a gadget techie and a graphic designer and recently was diagnosed with ADHD which has given me the answers why many things in my life are the way they are today. I am an active leader in my church and within the community. I love my city of Cleveland, Ohio and yes even its sports teams.

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About Chris Goforth

West Coast Hipster Ninja husband and Papa- allowing Jesus to impact every aspect of my life while raising 6 kids, taking photos, being outdoors & playing Settles of Catan. View all posts by Chris Goforth

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