Proverbs 14

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

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

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