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Proverbs 12:8-15

New American Standard Bible

Chapter 12

8 A person will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised. 9 Better is one who is lightly esteemed and has a servant, Than one who honors himself and lacks bread. 10 A righteous person has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel. 11 One who works his land will have plenty of bread, But one who pursues worthless things lacks sense. 12 The wicked person desires the plunder of evil people, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. 13 An evil person is ensnared by the offense of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble. 14 A person will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a person’s hands will return to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a person who listens to advice is wise.
King James Version

Chapter 12

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 recompence 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.
Christian Standard Bible

Chapter 12

8 A man is praised for his insight, but a twisted mind is despised.
9 Better to be disregarded, yet have a servant, than to act important but have no food.
10 The righteous cares about his animal's health, but even the merciful acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks sense.
12 The wicked desire what evil people have caught, but the root of the righteous is productive.
13 By rebellious speech an evil person is trapped, but a righteous person escapes from trouble.
14 A person will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the work of a person's hands will reward him.
15 A fool's way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise.
New Living Translation

Chapter 12

8 A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised.
9 Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
10 The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
11 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
12 Thieves are jealous of each other's loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
13 The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble.
14 Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
English Standard Version

Chapter 12

8 A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised. 9 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, 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.
New International Version

Chapter 12

8 A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.
9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.
13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.
14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.