Proverbs 14

Wise women build houses, but a foolish one digs hers down with her hands. He that walks uprightly fears the Lord, but he that is perverse in his ways shall be dishonored. Out of the mouth of fools comes a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise preserve them. Where no oxen are, the cribs are clean, but where there is abundant produce, the strength of the ox is apparent. A faithful witness does not lie, but an unjust witness kindles falsehoods. You shall seek wisdom with bad men, and shall not find it, but discretion is easily available with the prudent. All things are adverse to a foolish man, but wise lips are the weapons of discretion. The wisdom of the prudent will understand their ways, but the folly of fools leads astray. The houses of transgressors will need purification, but the houses of the just are acceptable. 10 If a man's mind is intelligent, his soul is sorrowful; and when he rejoices, he has no fellowship with pride. 11 The houses of ungodly men shall be utterly destroyed, but the tabernacles of them that walk uprightly shall stand. 12 There is a way which seems to be right with men, but the ends of it reach to the depths of hell. 13 Grief mingles not with mirth, and joy in the end comes to grief. 14 A stout-hearted man shall be filled with his own ways, and a good man with his own thoughts. 15 The simple believes every word, but the sensible man considers his steps. 16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil, but the fool trusts in himself, and joins himself with the transgressor. 17 A passionate man acts inconsiderately, but a sensible man bears up under many things. 18 Fools shall have mischief for their portion, but the prudent shall quickly take hold of understanding. 19 Evil men shall fall before the good, and the ungodly shall attend at the gates of the righteous. 20 Friends will hate poor friends, but the friends of the rich are many. 21 He that dishonors the needy, sins, but he that has pity on the poor is most blessed. 22 They that go astray devise evils, but the good devise mercy and truth. The framers of evil do not understand mercy and truth, but compassion and faithfulness are with the framers of good. 23 With everyone who is careful there is abundance, but the pleasure-taking and indolent shall be in want. 24 A prudent man is the crown of the wise, but the occupation of fools is evil. 25 A faithful witness shall deliver a soul from evil, but a deceitful man kindles falsehoods. 26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and he leaves his children a support. 27 The commandment of the Lord is a fountain of life, and it causes men to turn aside from the snare of death. 28 In a populous nation is the glory of a king, but in the failure of people is the ruin of a prince. 29 A man slow to wrath abounds in wisdom, but a man of impatient spirit is very foolish. 30 A meek-spirited man is a healer of the heart, but passion is a corruption to the bones. 31 He that oppresses the needy provokes his Maker, but he that honors Him has pity upon the poor. 32 The ungodly shall be driven away in his wickedness, but he who is secure in his own holiness is just. 33 There is wisdom in the good heart of a man, but in the heart of fools it is not discerned. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sins, however, diminish them. 35 An understanding servant is acceptable to a king, and by his good behavior he removes disgrace.
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