Proverbs 14

The wise among women buildeth her house; but the foolish pulleth it down with her own hands. In his uprightness walketh he that feareth the Lord; but perverse in his ways is he that despiseth him. In the mouth of the foolish is a stick for his pride; but the lips of the wise will preserve them. Where no oxen are, is the crib clean; but the abundance of harvests is only through the strength of the ox. A faithful witness will not lie; but a false witness constantly uttereth lies. A scorner seeketh wisdom, and there is none; but knowledge is easy to the man of understanding. Go far away from a foolish man, else thou wilt never know the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; but the folly of fools is deceit. The fool maketh a mockery of guilt; but among the upright there is good will. 10 The heart knoweth its own bitterness; and with its joy can no stranger intermeddle. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed: but the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is many a way which seemeth even before a man; but its end are ways unto death. 13 Even in laughter the heart feeleth pain; and at its end joy is sorrow. 14 The backslider in heart will have enough of his own ways; and from him departeth the good men. 15 The simple believeth every word; but the prudent man understandeth his steps. 16 A wise man is fearful, and departeth from evil; but the fool exciteth himself, and is confident. 17 He that is soon angry committeth folly; and a man of wicked devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly; but the prudent crown themselves with knowledge. 19 The bad sink down before the good; and the wicked are at the gates of the righteous. 20 Even to his own neighbor is the poor man hateful; but the friends of the rich are many. 21 He that despiseth his neighbor is a sinner; but he that is gracious to the poor—happiness attend him! 22 Behold, those who contrive evil are in error; but kindness and truth attend on those who contrive what is good. 23 In all painful labor there is profit; but mere words of the lips lead only to want. 24 The crown of the wise is their riches; but the folly of fools is only folly. 25 A deliverer of souls is the true witness; but a witness of deceit uttereth lies. 26 In the fear of the Lord is the strong confidence of man, and unto his children will it be a place of shelter. 27 The fear of the Lord is the source of life, teaching to avoid the snares of death. 28 In the multitude of people is the king’s glory; but in the want of a population is the downfall of the prince. 29 He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; but he that is hasty of spirit holdeth up to view his folly. 30 A sound heart is the life of the body; but jealousy is the rottenness of the bones. 31 He that oppresseth the poor blasphemeth his Maker; but he that is gracious to the needy honoreth him. 32 Through his own evil is the wicked thrust down; but even in his death doth the righteous have confidence. 33 In the heart of the man of understanding resteth wisdom: but the little which is in the bosom of fools is made known. 34 Righteousness exalteth a people; but the disgrace of nations is sin. 35 The king’s favor is bestowed on an intelligent servant; but his wrath is against him that deserveth shame.
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