Proverbs 14

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1The a  wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
2He who b  walks in his uprightness fears the  Lord,
But he who is c  devious in his ways despises Him.
3In the mouth of the foolish is a rod
Lit of pride
for his back,
But e  the lips of the wise will protect them.
4Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
5A f  trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a g  false witness
Lit breathes out
i  utters lies.
6A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
7Leave the j  presence of a fool,
Or you will not
Lit know
Lit lips
words of knowledge.
8The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But m  the foolishness of fools is deceit.
9Fools mock at
Lit guilt
But o  among the upright there is
Or the favor of God
good will.
10The heart knows its own q  bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
11The r  house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12There s  is a way which seems right to a man,
But its t  end is the way of death.
13Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the u  end of joy may be grief.
14The backslider in heart will have his v  fill of his own ways,
But a good man will w  be satisfied
Lit from himself
with his.
Lit simple
naive believes everything,
But the sensible man considers his steps.
16A wise man
Lit fears
is cautious and aa  turns away from evil,
But a fool is arrogant and careless.
17A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
And a man of evil devices is hated.
Lit simple
naive inherit foolishness,
But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
19The ac  evil will bow down before the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20The ad  poor is hated even by his neighbor,
But those who love the rich are many.
21He who ae  despises his neighbor sins,
But af  happy is he who is gracious to the
Or afflicted
22Will they not go astray who ah  devise evil?
But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
23In all labor there is profit,
Lit word of lips
mere talk leads only to poverty.
24The aj  crown of the wise is their riches,
But the folly of fools is foolishness.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
But he who
Lit breathes out
al  utters lies is
Lit treachery
26In the
Or reverence
ao  fear of the  Lord there is strong confidence,
Or His
his children will have refuge.
Or reverence
fear of the  Lord is a fountain of life,
That one may avoid the snares of death.
28In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,
But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin.
29He who is ar  slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is
Lit short of spirit
quick-tempered exalts folly.
30A at  tranquil heart is life to the body,
But passion is au  rottenness to the bones.
31He av  who oppresses the poor taunts aw  his Maker,
But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
32The wicked is ax  thrust down by his
Or calamity
But the az  righteous has a refuge when he dies.
33Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
But in the
Lit inward part
hearts of fools it is made known.
34Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35The king’s favor is toward a bb  servant who acts wisely,
But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

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