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Proverbs 14

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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

14:1 Every wise woman builds her house,
but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

14:2 He who walks in his uprightness fears Yahweh,
but he who is perverse in his ways despises him.

14:3 The foolís talk brings a rod to his back,
but the lips of the wise protect them.

14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean,
but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

14:5 A truthful witness will not lie,
but a false witness pours out lies.

14:6 A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesnít find it,
but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.

14:7 Stay away from a foolish man,
for you wonít find knowledge on his lips.

14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way,
but the folly of fools is deceit.

14:9 Fools mock at making atonement for sins,
but among the upright there is good will.

14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness and joy;
he will not share these with a stranger.

14:11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.

14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death.

14:13 Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful,
and mirth may end in heaviness.

14:14 The unfaithful will be repaid for his own ways;
likewise a good man will be rewarded for his ways.

14:15 A simple man believes everything,
but the prudent man carefully considers his ways.

14:16 A wise man fears, and shuns evil,
but the fool is hotheaded and reckless.

14:17 He who is quick to become angry will commit folly,
and a crafty man is hated.

14:18 The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

14:19 The evil bow down before the good,
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

14:20 The poor person is shunned even by his own neighbor,
but the rich person has many friends.

14:21 He who despises his neighbor sins,
but blessed is he who has pity on the poor.

14:22 Donít they go astray who plot evil?
But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.

14:23 In all hard work there is profit,
but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches,
but the folly of fools crowns them with folly.

14:25 A truthful witness saves souls,
but a false witness is deceitful.

14:26 In the fear of Yahweh is a secure fortress,
and he will be a refuge for his children.

14:27 The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life,
turning people from the snares of death.

14:28 In the multitude of people is the kingís glory,
but in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.

14:29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a quick temper displays folly.

14:30 The life of the body is a heart at peace,
but envy rots the bones.

14:31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker,
but he who is kind to the needy honors him.

14:32 The wicked is brought down in his calamity,
but in death, the righteous has a refuge.

14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
and is even made known in the inward part of fools.

14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

14:35 The kingís favor is toward a servant who deals wisely,
but his wrath is toward one who causes shame.

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