Contrast the Upright and the Wicked1 The a wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
2 He who b walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,
But he who is c devious in his ways despises Him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod ▼
▼ Lit of pridefor his back,
But e the lips of the wise will protect them.
4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
5 A f trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a g false witness ▼
▼ Lit breathes out, i utters lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
7 Leave the j presence of a fool,
Or you will not ▼
▼ Lit knowdiscern ▼
▼ Lit lipswords of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But m the foolishness of fools is deceit.
9 Fools mock at ▼
▼ Lit guiltsin,
But o among the upright there is ▼
▼ Or the favor of Godgood 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 himselfwith his.
15 The ▼
▼ Lit simplenaive believes everything,
But the sensible man considers his steps.
16 A wise man ▼
▼ Lit fearsis 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 simplenaive 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 afflictedpoor.
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 lipsmere 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 treacherytreacherous.
26 In the ▼
▼ Or reverence, ao fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
▼ Or Hishis children will have refuge.
27 The ▼
▼ Or reverencefear 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 spiritquick-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 calamitywrongdoing,
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 parthearts 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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