Proverbs 12: Wise Sayings

What are the benefits and liabilities for accepting correction? For rejecting correction?

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Proverbs 12:1 Those who accept correction love the truth, and those who reject correction are showing their stupidity.
King James
Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

If God favors the righteous and condemns the wicked, why do the righteous sometimes suffer while others prosper?

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Proverbs 12:2 The Lord is pleased with people who do good, showing them favor, but he condemns those with wicked schemes.
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Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Why might Christians sometimes seem unstable while the wicked show great strength?

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Proverbs 12:3 Wrongdoers have no stability, but righteousness is like a deep-rooted tree that cannot be moved.
King James
Proverbs 12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

What reasons might a wife have for shaming her husband and not honoring him?

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Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous wife honors her husband, but a shaming woman steals the man’s strength like cancer in the bones.
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Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

In the “good ideas” department, what give the righteous advantage over the wicked?

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Proverbs 12:5 Good people have great ideas, but you can’t trust advice from the wicked.
King James
Proverbs 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

What makes a message “godly”?

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Proverbs 12:6 A deceiver’s words shed innocent blood, but a godly message saves lives.
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Proverbs 12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

If the righteous are martyred by the wicked, how can we say the wicked are defeated?

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Proverbs 12:7 The wicked are defeated and die, but the righteous family endures.
King James
Proverbs 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

If wisdom draws praise, why don’t more people strive for that recognition?

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Proverbs 12:8 People are praised for their wisdom, but those with twisted minds are despised.
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Proverbs 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

Why might Christians pretend they are doing well when they are actually suffering?

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Proverbs 12:9 Being a nobody in need of help is better than pretending to be important yet starving.
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Proverbs 12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

What is the difference between kindness shown by the righteous and kindness shown by the wicked?

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Proverbs 12:10 Righteous people care for all life, even for their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked come with self-serving cruelty.
King James
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

What gives dreams their value?

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Proverbs 12:11 Hard-working farmers will have plenty to eat, but those who only dream of a harvest lack good sense.
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Proverbs 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

How can we be more successful by giving instead of getting?

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Proverbs 12:12 For the wicked, success depends on taking advantage of others, but the righteous succeed by giving.
King James
Proverbs 12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

In avoiding trouble, why is the truth more effective than a lie?

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Proverbs 12:13 The wicked are trapped by their own deceptive words, but the righteous use truth to avoid trouble.
King James
Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

What makes people “good”?

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Proverbs 12:14 People benefit from what good people say and do.
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Proverbs 12:14 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.

What does it mean to be “right in our own eyes”? How firmly should we adhere to what we believe?

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Judges 17:6 Israel had no king in those days. People did what was in their own eyes.
Proverbs 12:15 Foolish people see their own way as right, but the wise listen to good advice.
King James
Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

How can we ignore insults?

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Proverbs 12:16 Fools quickly show their anger, but the prudent can ignore insults.
King James
Proverbs 12:16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

Of what value is swearing that our testimony is true?

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Proverbs 12:17 The righteous just tell the truth in court, but false witnesses swear that their lies are true.
King James
Proverbs 12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

Before we speak, how far should we go in considering the feelings of others?

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Proverbs 12:18 Thoughtless speech can cut like a sword, but the words of the wise bring healing.
King James
Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Why might lies be short-lived?

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Proverbs 12:19 Truth last forever, but lies are short-lived.
King James
Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

What are the best ways to promote peace?

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Proverbs 12:20 Those who plot evil intend to deceive, but joy comes through those who promote peace.
King James
Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

If we could talk to a Christian martyr, what response would you get to the saying, “No harm will come to the righteous ?

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Proverbs 12:21 No harm will come to the righteous, but the wicked will face trouble everywhere.
King James
Proverbs 12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

How does God’s love differ between the truthful and the liars?

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Proverbs 12:22 The Lord detests lying, but he loves people whose words can be trusted.
King James
Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

What motivates people to brag about themselves?

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Proverbs 12:23 Sensible people don’t flaunt their knowledge, but fools reveal their ignorance by talking too much.
King James
Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Compared to others, how do the lazy view the value of work?

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Proverbs 12:24 Hard workers become supervisors, but the lazy have to be forced to work.
Proverbs 12:27 Lazy people have no meat for the fire, but the diligent hunter has plenty for a feast.
King James
Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Proverbs 12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

What should strong Christians worry about and what should they eagerly anticipate?

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Proverbs 12:25 Worry leads to depression, but encouragement brings joyful anticipation.
King James
Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

How can people become better examples?

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Proverbs 12:26 The lives of the righteous are good examples for others, but the wicked lead people astray.
King James
Proverbs 12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

What is the difference between existing, living, and enjoying an abundant life?

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Proverbs 12:28 The righteous get to really enjoy life, walking a path that doesn’t end in death.
King James
Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.