The following is my rephrase of Proverb 12 with a focus on the attributes of the “righteous man”. However, I have gleaned from numerous Bible translations available to me at the time of this writing. Therefore, the phrasing in some cases are not my own, and I have not intended to present them as such. As a mother and grandmother, my intent in taking on this endeavor and making it public is to encourage young men of faith to ‘stand’ stronger for Christ in their everyday lives. May every reader be blessed! ~ag
According to Proverb 12, a good, righteous man…
1) … is not stupid; he gladly receives correction because he loves knowledge.
2) … obtains favor from The LORD.
3) … has “deep roots” that make him stable in all his ways. He cannot be uprooted; he is steady because he is established in the faith.
4) … chooses a wife of noble character and appreciates her help that comes from a good reputation.
5) … makes and follows justly-advised plans.
6) … speaks faith-filled, life-giving words which protect him from the need of rescue.
7) … “stands firm”; he establishes his home on the unshakable Rock of Salvation.
8) … is commended for his prudent wisdom (good sense).
9) … understands that pride comes before a fall, and remains humble before his God. He doesn’t concern himself with notoriety; he knows his God as his source for all things needful.
10) … shows kindness by regarding for the needs of his animals. [The Voice Bible commentary on v.10: “Those who are righteous treat their animals humanely…”—A person in a positive relationship with God stands in a right relationship with His creation. How we treat animals may mirror our souls—not just the pets in our home, but the pets in our neighborhood and the animals in our food supply. One who is truly right with God considers the needs of His creatures.]
11) … doesn’t try to live out idle fantasies, but understands the principle of cause and effect, and works his purpose towards abundance.
12) … desires that his root flourishes, produces so that his success blesses others.
13-14) … escapes trouble by faith-filled words of praise, emphasizing the God-given promises which produce as surely as “the work of his hands rewards him.” [see v.6~ Faith speaks!]
15) … “listens to wise advice.”
16) … is not quick to show “his annoyance”, but instead, responds with empathy and a willingness to guide with practical wisdom and skill in order to give good counsel. [meek and “prudent”(Strong’s #7919)]
17) … has an honest testimony that represents Truth.
18) … is not harsh, but speaks deliberate, encouraging words that can heal a broken spirit.
19) … speaks Truth.
20) … reaps joy as a promoter of peace.
21) … is blessed by things meant for his harm being turned for his good—“No harm befalls the righteous.”
22) … delights The LORD because of his faithful truthfulness and honesty.
23) … doesn’t flaunt his knowledge; he uses discernment on when to speak and when to be silent. In other words, “The wise man sits back and listens while the foolish man tells all he knows.” (unknown) [see v.16]
24) … is not lazy; he leads with diligent hands.
25) … doesn’t worry, nor listens to negative reports—he is careful what he hears! (Phil.4)
26) … “is cautious in friendship”—uses discernment in choosing whom he allows to be his friend, but is always a friend to his neighbors. [“Bad company corrupts…” ~1 Cor. 15:33]
27) … “prizes his processions”, not allowing them to go bad by neglect—he is grateful.
28) … has eternal life.
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Picture: Proverbs 12:3 nlt | by Bob Smerecki .
Bible Versions: Amplified Bible, Emphasized Bible (aka Rotherham), Jerusalem Bible, Message Bible, Net Bible, New International Version, New Living Translation, Revised Standard Version, Voice Bible.
(Disclaimer: To the best of my recollection, this list contains the Bibles I read concerning this study. However, it may not be all inclusive.)