Proverbs 14:1
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English Standard Version
The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

King James Bible
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

American Standard Version
Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull down with her hands that also which is built.

English Revised Version
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

20 Whoever goes with wise men, becomes wise;

     And whoever has intercourse with fools, becomes base.

Regarding the significance of this proverb in the history of the religion and worship of Israel, vid., p. 39. We have translated 20a after the Kerı̂; the translation according to the Chethı̂b is: "go with wise men and become wise" (cf. Proverbs 8:33), not הלוך, for the connection of the (meant imperatively) infin. absol. with an imper. (meant conclusively) is not tenable; but הלוך is an imper. form established by הלכוּ, Jeremiah 51:50 (cf. הלוך equals לכת, Numbers 22:14), and appears to have been used with such shades of conception as here as intercourse and companionship for לך. Regarding ירוע gnid, vid., at Proverbs 11:15; there it meant malo afficietur, here it means malus (pejor) fiet. The Venet. (contrary to Kimchi, who explains by frangetur) rightly has κακωθήσεται. There is here a play upon words; רעה means to tend (a flock), also in general to be considerate about anything (Proverbs 15:14; Proverbs 44:20), to take care of anything with the accusative of the person (Proverbs 28:7; Proverbs 29:3), to hold intercourse with any one: he who by preference seeks the society of fools, himself becomes such (Jerome, similis efficietur), or rather, as ירוע expresses, he comes always morally lower down. "A wicked companion leads his associate into hell."

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Proverbs 9:13-15 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knows nothing...

Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Proverbs 21:9,19 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house...

1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat...

1 Kings 21:24,25 Him that dies of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dies in the field shall the fowls of the air eat...

2 Kings 11:1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

Cross References
Ruth 4:11
Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem,

Proverbs 24:3
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

Proverbs 31:10
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

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