Proverbs 14

1 a  The wisest of women b  builds her house,
but folly with her own hands c  tears it down.
2Whoever d  walks in uprightness fears the  Lord,
but he who is e  devious in his ways despises him.
3By the mouth of a fool comes f  a rod for his back
Or In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride

h  but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
4Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
5 i  A faithful witness does not lie,
but j  a false witness breathes out lies.
6 k  A scoffer seeks wisdom l  in vain,
but m  knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
7Leave the presence of a fool,
for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
8The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,
but the folly of fools is deceiving.
9 n  Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.
Hebrew  but among the upright is acceptance

10The heart knows its own p  bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.
11 q  The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 r  There is a way that seems right to a man,
but s  its end is the way to death.
Hebrew ways of death

13Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and u  the end of joy may be v  grief.
14The backslider in heart will be w  filled with the fruit of his ways,
and x  a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
15 y  The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
16 z  One who is wise is cautious
Or fears [the  Lord]
and ab  turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
17A man of ac  quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.
18The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 ad  The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 ae  The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
af  but the rich has many friends.
21Whoever ag  despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but ah  blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
22Do they not go astray who ai  devise evil?
Those who devise good meet
Or show
ak  steadfast love and faithfulness.
23In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk al  tends only to poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the folly of fools brings folly.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who am  breathes out lies is deceitful.
26In the fear of the  Lord one has an  strong confidence,
and ao  his children will have ap  a refuge.
27The fear of the  Lord is aq  a fountain of life,
that one may ar  turn away from the snares of death.
28In as  a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
29Whoever is at  slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30A tranquil
Or healing
heart gives av  life to the flesh,
but aw  envy
Or jealousy
makes ay  the bones rot.
31Whoever oppresses a poor man az  insults his ba  Maker,
bb  but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
32 bc  The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,
but bd  the righteous finds refuge in his death.
33Wisdom be  rests in the heart of a man of understanding,
but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.
Or  Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of a man of understanding, but makes itself known in the midst of fools

34Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
35A servant who deals wisely has bg  the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
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