Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 12


Proverbs 12

Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 Whoever loves instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.

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

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

A 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.

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

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

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

A 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.

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

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

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

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

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

14 From 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].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28 Life 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).

4 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 12”

  1. For me, Jenni…I can’t wait to be your [closer] neighbor!! Very good point here, we do guide people with our life example on so many levels. People do watch closely, how christian [believers] behave and respond to all situations – daily. On Sunday, we have our “best” appearance forward but then Monday wakes up our weekly grind and it’s a whole different persona that shows who we really become in spite of the good intentions. I see in this verse you expounded a very interesting key word: “CONSISTENTLY” so I looked it up for it’s definition:

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers
    consistent /kənˈsɪstənt/ adj

    showing consistency; not self-contradictory
    (postpositive) followed by with: in agreement or harmony; accordant
    steady; even: consistent growth
    (of a set of statements) capable of all being true at the same time or under the same interpretation

    I find it interesting that the adverb definition is also: faithful

    Perhaps what will help us be better guides- is to be consistent in our faithfulness. For if we are FIRST consistent [in agreement] with WISDOM [God’s] we will gain a straight path for us and harmony with those who follow [friends, family, neighbor, coworker]. When we are steady and unwavering in understanding, we gain knowledge of God’s righteousness. Here we see how believers are consistently growing and capable of being true at the same time. Consistently. Great SOUL food for thought!!!

    Jenni, you are a very caring guide and filled with the Light – the True Light that shines superb for His Glory!

    Shine Bright!~Zoey

    1. Wonderful! Your wonderfulness is overflowing, my dear Zoey. I love the consistent definition. You spoke my heart desire, to be consistent with the wisdom of God. I want to reproduce His consistency. You, are part of His consistency to me. You consistently add to what the Lord is speaking to my heart and elevate it and me. Do you know how much I love sharing His word in fellowhship with you? To the max! Together, we consistently grow in Him, in His truth, His love, His wisdom and His joy. Thank you Lord for gifting me with Zoey! ❤

  2. Day 12: Proverbs 12

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

    Our lives are always guiding, speaking to our neighbors. What does my life guide to?

    Christ is what our lives should guide to. When we are filled with Christ, we truly love our neighbors as ourselves. Then the guidance that comes from us is in their best interest. However, when our hearts become twisted, in anger, bitterness and strife, our mouths speak and the guidance that we give comes out to further our own path, without regard to our neighbors. When I am choosing to live only every “Sunday” righteous, instead of consistently in relationship with God, I set myself, and my neighbor up for poor guidance. I become a guide with good intentions and all skill but with a skewed compass. I offend my neighbor and disrupt his path.

    However when I allow the work of Jesus to manifest in my life it teaches me how to live. Jesus becomes my life, my Truth and my way. His word becomes a lamp unto my feet, showing me where I am, and a light unto my path, showing me where I am going. As I let Him guide me, I learn to guide accurately and well. I learn the path of earthly life with all it’s dangers, pitfalls and surprises, as well as all the oasis’s and rest stops. I learn how to walk through the valleys and over the mountaintops. I learn to walk in Jesus and through Jesus. My life speaks…..Jesus.

    *****Thank you, Lord for helping me to live in ever growing relationship with you. For helping me grow in loving my neighbor as myself and letting my life be your vessel for guiding those you bring to me to love.

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