Proverbs 14
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The Wise Woman

1Every wise woman builds her house,

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

2He who walks in uprightness fears the LORD,

but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him.

3The proud speech of a fool brings a rod to his back,

but the lips of the wise protect them.

4Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,

but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of the ox.

5An honest witness does not deceive,

but a dishonest witness pours forth lies.

6A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,

but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

7Stay away from a foolish man;

you will gain no knowledge from his speech.

8The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools deceives them.

9Fools mock the making of amends,

but goodwill is found among the upright.

10The heart knows its own bitterness,

and no stranger shares in its joy.

11The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent of the upright will flourish.

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

but its end is the way of death.

13Even in laughter the heart may ache,

and joy may end in sorrow.

14The backslider in heart will have the fill of his own ways,

but a good man will be rewarded for his.

15The simple man believes every word,

but the prudent man watches his steps.

16A wise man fearsa and turns from evil,

but a fool is careless and reckless.

17A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,

and a devious man is hated.

18The simple inherit folly,

but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19The evil bow before the good,

and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20The poor man is hated even by his neighbor,

but many are those who love the rich.

21He who despises his neighbor sins,

but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor.

22Do not those who contrive evil go astray?

But those who plan goodness findb loving devotion and faithfulness.

23There is profit in all labor,

but mere talk leads only to poverty.

24The crown of the wise is their wealth,

but the effort of fools is folly.

25A truthful witness saves lives,

but one who utters lies is deceitful.

26He who fears the LORD is secure in confidence,

and his children shall have a place of refuge.

27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,

turning a man from the snares of death.

28A large population is a king’s splendor,

but a lack of subjects is a prince’s ruin.

29A patient man has great understanding,

but a quick-tempered man promotes folly.

30A tranquil heart is life to the body,

but envy rots the bones.

31He who oppresses the poor taunts their Maker,

but whoever is kind to the needy honors Him.

32The wicked man is thrown down by his own sin,

but the righteous man has a refuge when he dies.

33Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning;

even in the hearts of fools she is known.c

34Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35A king delights in a wise servant,

but his anger falls on the shameful.

Footnotes:

16 a Or fears (the LORD)
22 b Or show
33 c Hebrew; LXX and Syriac but in the hearts of fools she is not known

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