Proverbs 12
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1  Whoso loveth knowledge loveth correction; but he that is brutish hateth reproof.

א  אֹהֵב מוּסָר אֹהֵב דָּעַת וְשׂוֹנֵא תוֹכַחַת בָּעַר.

2  A good man shall obtain favour of Hashem; but a man of wicked devices will He condemn.

ב  טוֹב יָפִיק רָצוֹן מֵיְהוָה וְאִישׁ מְזִמּוֹת יַרְשִׁיעַ.

3  A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall never be moved.

ג  לֹא יִכּוֹן אָדָם בְּרֶשַׁע וְשֹׁרֶשׁ צַדִּיקִים בַּל יִמּוֹט.

4  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but she that doeth shamefully is as rottenness in his bones.

ד  אֵשֶׁת חַיִל עֲטֶרֶת בַּעְלָהּ וּכְרָקָב בְּעַצְמוֹתָיו מְבִישָׁה.

5  The thoughts of the righteous are right; but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

ה  מַחְשְׁבוֹת צַדִּיקִים מִשְׁפָּט תַּחְבֻּלוֹת רְשָׁעִים מִרְמָה.

6  The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood; but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

ו  דִּבְרֵי רְשָׁעִים אֱרָב דָּם וּפִי יְשָׁרִים יַצִּילֵם.

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

ז  הָפוֹךְ רְשָׁעִים וְאֵינָם וּבֵית צַדִּיקִים יַעֲמֹד.

8  A man shall be commended according to his intelligence; but he that is of a distorted understanding shall be despised.

ח  לְפִי שִׂכְלוֹ יְהֻלַּל אִישׁ וְנַעֲוֵה לֵב יִהְיֶה לָבוּז.

9  Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, than he that playeth the man of rank, and lacketh bread.

ט  טוֹב נִקְלֶה וְעֶבֶד לוֹ מִמִּתְכַּבֵּד וַחֲסַר לָחֶם.

10  A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

י  יוֹדֵעַ צַדִּיק נֶפֶשׁ בְּהֶמְתּוֹ וְרַחֲמֵי רְשָׁעִים אַכְזָרִי.

11  He that tilleth his ground shall have plenty of bread; but he that followeth after vain things is void of understanding.

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יא  עֹבֵד אַדְמָתוֹ יִשְׂבַּע לָחֶם וּמְרַדֵּף רֵיקִים חֲסַר לֵב.

12:11   He that tilleth his ground shall have plenty of bread

Israel was intended to be an agrarian society, therefore farming is seen as a worthy pursuit in this verse. The Bible strengthens the people’s connection to the Land of Israel through various agricultural celebrations, commemorations and obligations. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook points out that it is not these laws, unique to the Land of Israel, which make it holy. Rather, it is the holiness of the Land of Israel that inspire these special agricultural commandments.

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12  The wicked desireth the prey of evil men; but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

יב  חָמַד רָשָׁע מְצוֹד רָעִים וְשֹׁרֶשׁ צַדִּיקִים יִתֵּן.

13  In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; but the righteous cometh out of trouble.

יג  בְּפֶשַׁע שְׂפָתַיִם מוֹקֵשׁ רָע וַיֵּצֵא מִצָּרָה צַדִּיק.

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

יד  מִפְּרִי פִי אִישׁ יִשְׂבַּע טוֹב וּגְמוּל יְדֵי אָדָם ישוב (יָשִׁיב) לוֹ.

15  The way of a fool is straight in his own eyes; but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

טו  דֶּרֶךְ אֱוִיל יָשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו וְשֹׁמֵעַ לְעֵצָה חָכָם.

16  A fool’s vexation is presently known; but a prudent man concealeth shame.

טז  אֱוִיל בַּיּוֹם יִוָּדַע כַּעְסוֹ וְכֹסֶה קָלוֹן עָרוּם.

17  He that breatheth forth truth uttereth righteousness; but a false witness deceit.

יז  יָפִיחַ אֱמוּנָה יַגִּיד צֶדֶק וְעֵד שְׁקָרִים מִרְמָה.

18  There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword; but the tongue of the wise is health.

יח  יֵשׁ בּוֹטֶה כְּמַדְקְרוֹת חָרֶב וּלְשׁוֹן חֲכָמִים מַרְפֵּא.

19  The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

יט  שְׂפַת אֱמֶת תִּכּוֹן לָעַד וְעַד אַרְגִּיעָה לְשׁוֹן שָׁקֶר.

20  Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

כ  מִרְמָה בְּלֶב חֹרְשֵׁי רָע וּלְיֹעֲצֵי שָׁלוֹם שִׂמְחָה.

21  There shall no mischief befall the righteous; but the wicked are filled with evil.

כא  לֹא יְאֻנֶּה לַצַּדִּיק כָּל אָוֶן וּרְשָׁעִים מָלְאוּ רָע.

22  Lying lips are an abomination to Hashem; but they that deal truly are His delight.

כב  תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה שִׂפְתֵי שָׁקֶר וְעֹשֵׂי אֱמוּנָה רְצוֹנוֹ.

23  A prudent man concealeth knowledge; but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

כג  אָדָם עָרוּם כֹּסֶה דָּעַת וְלֵב כְּסִילִים יִקְרָא אִוֶּלֶת.

24  The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; but the slothful shall be under tribute.

כד  יַד חָרוּצִים תִּמְשׁוֹל וּרְמִיָּה תִּהְיֶה לָמַס.

25  Care in the heart of a man boweth it down; but a good word maketh it glad.

כה  דְּאָגָה בְלֶב אִישׁ יַשְׁחֶנָּה וְדָבָר טוֹב יְשַׂמְּחֶנָּה.

26  The righteous is guided by his friend; but the way of the wicked leadeth them astray.

כו  יָתֵר מֵרֵעֵהוּ צַדִּיק וְדֶרֶךְ רְשָׁעִים תַּתְעֵם.

27  The slothful man shall not hunt his prey; but the precious substance of men is to be diligent.

כז  לֹא יַחֲרֹךְ רְמִיָּה צֵידוֹ וְהוֹן אָדָם יָקָר חָרוּץ.

28  In the way of righteousness is life, and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

כח  בְּאֹרַח צְדָקָה חַיִּים וְדֶרֶךְ נְתִיבָה אַל מָוֶת.

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Proverbs 12