Book of Proverbs

The Douay-Rheims Bible


Chapter 12

1    He that loveth correction, loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is foolish.
2    He that is good, shall draw grace from the Lord: but he that trusteth in his own devices doth wickedly.
3    Men shall not be strengthened by wickedness: and the root of the just shall not be moved.
4    A diligent woman is a crown to her husband: and she that doth things worthy of confusion, is a rottenness in his bones.
5    The thoughts of the just are judgments: and the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6    The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood: the mouth of the just shall deliver them.
7    Turn the wicked, and they shall not be: but the house of the just shall stand firm.
8    A man shall be known by his learning: but he that is vain and foolish, shall be exposed to contempt.
9    Better is the poor man that provideth for himself, than he that is glorious and wanteth bread.
10    The just regardeth the lives of his beasts: but the bowels of the wicked are cruel.
11    He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that pursueth idleness is very foolish. He that is delighted in passing his time over wine, leaveth a reproach in his strong holds.
12    The desire of the wicked is the fortification of evil men: but the root of the just shall prosper.
13    For the sins of the lips ruin draweth nigh to the evil man: but the just shall escape out of distress.
14    By the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled with good things, and according to the works of his hands it shall be repaid him.
15    The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsels.
16    A fool immediately sheweth his anger: but he that dissembleth injuries is wise.
17    He that speaketh that which he knoweth, sheweth forth justice: but he that lieth, is a deceitful witness.
18    There is that promiseth, and is pricked as it were with a sword of conscience: but the tongue of the wise is health.
19    The lip of truth shall be steadfast for ever: but he that is a hasty witness, frameth a lying tongue.
20    Deceit is in the heart of them that think evil things: but joy followeth them that take counsels of peace.
21    Whatsoever shall befall the just man. it shall not make him sad: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22    Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal faithfully please him.
23    A cautious man concealeth knowledge: and the heart of fools publisheth folly.
24    The hand of the valiant shall bear rule: but that which is slothful, shall be under tribute.
25    Grief in the heart of a man shall bring him low, but with a good word he shall be made glad.
26    He that neglecteth a loss for the sake of a friend, is just: but the way of the wicked shall deceive them.
27    The deceitful man shall not find gain: but the substance of a just man shall be precious gold.
28    In the path of justice is life: but the by-way leadeth to death.