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Proverbs 14

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14:1 Wisdom is building her house, but the foolish woman is pulling it down with her hands.

14:2 He who goes on his way in righteousness has before him the fear of the Lord; but he whose ways are twisted gives him no honour.

14:3 In the mouth of the foolish man is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe.

14:4 Where there are no oxen, their food-place is clean; but much increase comes through the strength of the ox.

14:5 A true witness does not say what is false, but a false witness is breathing out deceit.

14:6 The hater of authority, searching for wisdom, does not get it; but knowledge comes readily to the open-minded man.

14:7 Go away from the foolish man, for you will not see the lips of knowledge.

14:8 The wisdom of the man of good sense makes his way clear; but the unwise behaviour of the foolish is deceit.

14:9 In the tents of those hating authority there is error, but in the house of the upright man there is grace.

14:10 No one has knowledge of a man's grief but himself; and a strange person has no part in his joy.

14:11 The house of the sinner will be overturned, but the tent of the upright man will do well.

14:12 There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.

14:13 Even while laughing the heart may be sad; and after joy comes sorrow.

14:14 He whose heart is turned away will have the reward of his ways in full measure; but a good man will have the reward of his doings.

14:15 The simple man has faith in every word, but the man of good sense gives thought to his footsteps.

14:16 The wise man, fearing, keeps himself from evil; but the foolish man goes on in his pride, with no thought of danger.

14:17 He who is quickly angry will do what is foolish, but the man of good sense will have quiet.

14:18 Foolish behaviour is the heritage of the simple, but men of good sense are crowned with knowledge.

14:19 The knees of the evil are bent before the good; and sinners go down in the dust at the doors of the upright.

14:20 The poor man is hated even by his neighbour, but the man of wealth has numbers of friends.

14:21 He who has no respect for his neighbour is a sinner, but he who has pity for the poor is happy.

14:22 Will not the designers of evil come into error? But mercy and good faith are for the designers of good.

14:23 In all hard work there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor.

14:24 Their wisdom is a crown to the wise, but their foolish behaviour is round the head of the unwise.

14:25 A true witness is the saviour of lives; but he who says false things is a cause of deceit.

14:26 For him in whose heart is the fear of the Lord there is strong hope: and his children will have a safe place.

14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, by which one may be turned from the nets of death.

14:28 A king's glory is in the number of his people: and for need of people a ruler may come to destruction.

14:29 He who is slow to be angry has great good sense; but he whose spirit is over-quick gives support to what is foolish.

14:30 A quiet mind is the life of the body, but envy is a disease in the bones.

14:31 He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.

14:32 The sinner is overturned in his evil-doing, but the upright man has hope in his righteousness.

14:33 Wisdom has her resting-place in the mind of the wise, but she is not seen among the foolish.

14:34 By righteousness a nation is lifted up, but sin is a cause of shame to the peoples.

14:35 The king has pleasure in a servant who does wisely, but his wrath is against him who is a cause of shame.


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