Proverbs 14

14:1 Every wise woman1 builds2 her household,3

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

14:2 The one who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,4

but the one who is perverted in his ways5 despises him.

14:3 In6 the speech7 of a fool is a rod for his back,8

but the words9 of the wise protect them.

14:4 Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean,

but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen.10

14:5 A truthful witness11 does not lie,

but a false witness12 breathes out lies.13

14:6 The scorner14 seeks wisdom but finds none,15

but understanding is easy16 for a discerning person.

14:7 Leave the presence of a foolish person,17

or18 you will not understand19 wise counsel.20

14:8 The wisdom of the shrewd person21 is to discern22 his way,

but the folly of fools is deception.23

14:9 Fools mock24 at reparation,25

but among the upright there is favor.26

14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness,27

and with its joy no one else28 can share.29

14:11 The household30 of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent31 of the upright will flourish.

14:12 There is a way that seems right to a person,32

but its end is the way that leads to death.33

14:13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,34

and the end35 of joy may be36 grief.

14:14 The backslider37 will be paid back38 from his own ways,

but a good person will be rewarded39 for his.

14:15 A naive person40 believes everything,

but the shrewd person discerns his steps.41

14:16 A wise person is cautious42 and turns from evil,

but a fool throws off restraint43 and is overconfident.44

14:17 A person who has a quick temper45 does foolish things,

and a person with crafty schemes46 is hated.47

14:18 The naive inherit48 folly,

but the shrewd49 are crowned50 with knowledge.

14:19 Those who are evil will bow51 before those who are good,

and the wicked will bow52 at the gates53 of the righteous.

14:20 A poor person is disliked54 even by his neighbors,

but those who love the rich are many.

14:21 The one who despises his neighbor sins,

but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.

14:22 Do not those who devise55 evil go astray?

But those who plan good exhibit56 faithful covenant love.57

14:23 In all hard work58 there is profit,

but merely talking about it59 only brings60 poverty.61

14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches,62

but the folly63 of fools is folly.

14:25 A truthful witness64 rescues lives,65

but the one who breathes lies brings66 deception.67

14:26 In the fear of the Lord one has68 strong confidence,69

and it will be a refuge70 for his children.

14:27 The fear of the Lord71 is like72 a life-giving fountain,73

to turn74 people75 from deadly snares.76

14:28 A king’s glory is77 the abundance of people,

but the lack of subjects78 is the ruin79 of a ruler.

14:29 The one who is slow to anger has great understanding,

but the one who has a quick temper80 exalts81 folly.

14:30 A tranquil spirit82 revives the body,83

but envy84 is rottenness to the bones.85

14:31 The one who oppresses86 the poor insults87 his Creator,

but whoever shows favor88 to the needy honors him.

14:32 The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble,89

but the righteous have refuge90 even in the threat of death.91

14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning;

it is known92 even in the heart93 of fools.

14:34 Righteousness exalts94 a nation,

but sin is a disgrace95 to any people.

14:35 The king shows favor96 to a wise97 servant,

but his wrath falls98 on one who acts shamefully.

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