Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Proverbs Chapter 12
Metaphysically Interpreting Proverbs 12:1-28
12:1Whoso loveth correction loveth knowledge;
But he that hateth reproof is brutish.
12:2A good man shall obtain favor of Jehovah;
But a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
12:3A man shall not be established by wickedness;
But the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
12:4A worthy woman is the crown of her husband;
But she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
12:5The thoughts of the righteous are just;
But the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
12:6The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood;
But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
12:7The wicked are overthrown, and are not;
But the house of the righteous shall stand.
12:8A man shall be commended according to his wisdom;
But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
12:9Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant,
Than he that honoreth himself, and lacketh bread.
12:10A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast;
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
12:11He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread;
But he that followeth after vain persons is void of understanding.
12:12The wicked desireth the net of evil men;
But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
12:13In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man;
But the righteous shall come out of trouble.
12:14A 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.
12:15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes;
But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.
12:16A fool's vexation is presently known;
But a prudent man concealeth shame.
12:17He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness;
But a false witness, deceit.
12:18There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword;
But the tongue of the wise is health.
12:19The lip of truth shall be established for ever;
But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
12:20Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil;
But to the counsellors of peace is joy.
12:21There shall no mischief happen to the righteous;
But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
12:22Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah;
But they that deal truly are his delight.
12:23A prudent man concealeth knowledge;
But the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
12:24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule;
But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.
12:25Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop;
But a good word maketh it glad.
12:26The righteous is a guide to his neighbor;
But the way of the wicked causeth them to err.
12:27The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting;
But the precious substance of men is to the diligent.
12:28In the way of righteousness is life;
And in the pathway thereof there is no death.
August 24, 1947: Prov. 12:17-22
Can righteousness be simulated by deceit? Yes, but the effects of righteousness cannot be reproduced by deceit. Heart and character reproduce faithfully what is impressed upon them by thoughts, words, and actions.
What kind of words give mortal wounds? Words that express the truth as it appears to the natural man, spoken without love. “There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword.”
In what respect is the tongue of the wise health? The wise speak constructive words, avoiding negative attitudes and critical opinions. They speak tactfully, emphasizing kindness and love and putting the best face on all matters. Everyone feels better in their presence, and their influence is unfailingly wholesome.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-28-2013