Proverbs 14
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1Every wise woman builds her household,

but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

2The one who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,

but the one who is perverted in his ways despises him.

3In the speech of a fool is a rod for his back,

but the words of the wise protect them.

4Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean,

but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen.

5A truthful witness does not lie,

but a false witness breathes out lies.

6The scorner seeks wisdom but finds none,

but understanding is easy for a discerning person.

7Leave the presence of a foolish person,

or you will not understand wise counsel.

8The wisdom of the shrewd person is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools is deception.

9Fools mock at reparation,

but among the upright there is favor.

10The heart knows its own bitterness,

and with its joy no one else can share.

11The household of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent of the upright will flourish.

12There is a way that seems right to a person,

but its end is the way that leads to death.

13Even in laughter the heart may ache,

and the end of joy may be grief.

14The backslider will be paid back from his own ways,

but a good person will be rewarded for his.

15A naive person believes everything,

but the shrewd person discerns his steps.

16A wise person is cautious and turns from evil,

but a fool throws off restraint and is overconfident.

17A person who has a quick temper does foolish things,

and a person with crafty schemes is hated.

18The naive inherit folly,

but the shrewd are crowned with knowledge.

19Those who are evil will bow before those who are good,

and the wicked will bow at the gates of the righteous.

20A poor person is disliked even by his neighbors,

but those who love the rich are many.

21The one who despises his neighbor sins,

but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.

22Do not those who devise evil go astray?

But those who plan good exhibit faithful covenant love.

23In all hard work there is profit,

but merely talking about it only brings poverty.

24The crown of the wise is their riches,

but the folly of fools is folly.

25A truthful witness rescues lives,

but the one who breathes lies brings deception.

26In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,

and it will be a refuge for his children.

27The fear of the Lord is like a life-giving fountain,

to turn people from deadly snares.

28A king’s glory is the abundance of people,

but the lack of subjects is the ruin of a ruler.

29The one who is slow to anger has great understanding,

but the one who has a quick temper exalts folly.

30A tranquil spirit revives the body,

but envy is rottenness to the bones.

31The one who oppresses the poor insults his Creator,

but whoever shows favor to the needy honors him.

32The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble,

but the righteous have refuge even in the threat of death.

33Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning;

it is known even in the heart of fools.

34Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35The king shows favor to a wise servant,

but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

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