Proverbs 12
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1  He who loves discipline loves knowledge; He who spurns reproof is a brutish man.

א  אֹהֵב מוּסָר אֹהֵב דָּעַת וְשֹׂנֵא תוֹכַחַת בָּעַר׃

2  A good man earns the favor of Hashem, A man of intrigues, His condemnation.

ב  טוֹב יָפִיק רָצוֹן מֵיְהוָה וְאִישׁ מְזִמּוֹת יַרְשִׁיעַ׃

3  A man cannot be established in wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be shaken loose.

ג  לֹא־יִכּוֹן אָדָם בְּרֶשַׁע וְשֹׁרֶשׁ צַדִּיקִים בַּל־יִמּוֹט׃

4  A capable wife is a crown for her husband, But an incompetent one is like rot in his bones.

ד  אֵשֶׁת־חַיִל עֲטֶרֶת בַּעְלָהּ וּכְרָקָב בְּעַצְמוֹתָיו מְבִישָׁה׃

5  The purposes of the righteous are justice, The schemes of the wicked are deceit.

ה  מַחְשְׁבוֹת צַדִּיקִים מִשְׁפָּט תַּחְבֻּלוֹת רְשָׁעִים מִרְמָה׃

6  The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, But the speech of the upright saves them.

ו  דִּבְרֵי רְשָׁעִים אֱרָב־דָּם וּפִי יְשָׁרִים יַצִּילֵם׃

7  Overturn the wicked and they are gone, But the house of the righteous will endure.

ז  הָפוֹךְ רְשָׁעִים וְאֵינָם וּבֵית צַדִּיקִים יַעֲמֹד׃

8  A man is commended according to his intelligence; A twisted mind is held up to contempt.

ח  לְפִי־שִׂכְלוֹ יְהֻלַּל־אִישׁ וְנַעֲוֵה־לֵב יִהְיֶה לָבוּז׃

9  Better to be lightly esteemed and have a servant Than to put on airs and have no food.

ט  טוֹב נִקְלֶה וְעֶבֶד לוֹ מִמְּתַכַּבֵּד וַחֲסַר־לָחֶם׃

10  A righteous man knows the needs of his beast, But the compassion of the wicked is cruelty.

י  יוֹדֵעַ צַדִּיק נֶפֶשׁ בְּהֶמְתּוֹ וְרַחֲמֵי רְשָׁעִים אַכְזָרִי׃

11  He who tills his land shall have food in plenty, But he who pursues vanities is devoid of sense.

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יא  עֹבֵד אַדְמָתוֹ יִשְׂבַּע־לָחֶם וּמְרַדֵּף רֵיקִים חֲסַר־לֵב׃

12:11   He who tills his land shall have food in plenty

Israel was intended to be an agrarian society, therefore in this verse, farming is seen as a worthy pursuit. 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 Eretz Yisrael, which make the land holy. Rather, it is the intrinsic holiness of the land that inspires these special agricultural commandments.2 comments

12  The wicked covet the catch of evil men; The root of the righteous yields [fruit].

יב  חָמַד רָשָׁע מְצוֹד רָעִים וְשֹׁרֶשׁ צַדִּיקִים יִתֵּן׃

13  Sinful speech is a trap for the evil man, But the righteous escapes from trouble.

יג  בְּפֶשַׁע שְׂפָתַיִם מוֹקֵשׁ רָע וַיֵּצֵא מִצָּרָה צַדִּיק׃

14  A man gets his fill of good from the fruit of his speech; One is repaid in kind for one’s deeds.

יד  מִפְּרִי פִי־אִישׁ יִשְׂבַּע־טוֹב וּגְמוּל יְדֵי־אָדָם ישוב [יָשִׁיב] לוֹ׃

15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But the wise man accepts advice.

טו  דֶּרֶךְ אֱוִיל יָשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו וְשֹׁמֵעַ לְעֵצָה חָכָם׃

16  A fool’s vexation is known at once, But a clever man conceals his humiliation.

טז  אֱוִיל בַּיּוֹם יִוָּדַע כַּעְסוֹ וְכֹסֶה קָלוֹן עָרוּם׃

17  He who testifies faithfully tells the truth, But a false witness, deceit.

יז  יָפִיחַ אֱמוּנָה יַגִּיד צֶדֶק וְעֵד שְׁקָרִים מִרְמָה׃

18  There is blunt talk like sword-thrusts, But the speech of the wise is healing.

יח  יֵשׁ בּוֹטֶה כְּמַדְקְרוֹת חָרֶב וּלְשׁוֹן חֲכָמִים מַרְפֵּא׃

19  Truthful speech abides forever, A lying tongue for but a moment.

יט  שְׂפַת־אֱמֶת תִּכּוֹן לָעַד וְעַד־אַרְגִּיעָה לְשׁוֹן שָׁקֶר׃

20  Deceit is in the minds of those who plot evil; For those who plan good there is joy.

כ  מִרְמָה בְּלֶב־חֹרְשֵׁי רָע וּלְיֹעֲצֵי שָׁלוֹם שִׂמְחָה׃

21  No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked have their fill of misfortune.

כא  לֹא־יְאֻנֶּה לַצַּדִּיק כָּל־אָוֶן וּרְשָׁעִים מָלְאוּ רָע׃

22  Lying speech is an abomination to Hashem, But those who act faithfully please Him.

כב  תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה שִׂפְתֵי־שָׁקֶר וְעֹשֵׂי אֱמוּנָה רְצוֹנוֹ׃

23  A clever man conceals what he knows, But the mind of a dullard cries out folly.

כג  אָדָם עָרוּם כֹּסֶה דָּעַת וְלֵב כְּסִילִים יִקְרָא אִוֶּלֶת׃

24  The hand of the diligent wields authority; The negligent are held in subjection.

כד  יַד־חָרוּצִים תִּמְשׁוֹל ורְמִיָּה תִּהְיֶה לָמַס׃

25  If there is anxiety in a man’s mind let him quash it, And turn it into joy with a good word.

כה  דְּאָגָה בְלֶב־אִישׁ יַשְׁחֶנָּה וְדָבָר טוֹב יְשַׂמְּחֶנָּה׃

26  A righteous man gives his friend direction, But the way of the wicked leads astray.

כו  יָתֵר מֵרֵעֵהוּ צַדִּיק וְדֶרֶךְ רְשָׁעִים תַּתְעֵם׃

27  A negligent man never has game to roast; A diligent man has precious wealth.

כז  לֹא־יַחֲרֹךְ רְמִיָּה צֵידוֹ וְהוֹן־אָדָם יָקָר חָרוּץ׃

28  The road of righteousness leads to life; By way of its path there is no death.

 

כח  בְּאֹרַח־צְדָקָה חַיִּים וְדֶרֶךְ נְתִיבָה אַל־מָוֶת׃

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