Proverbs 14 New American Standard Bible

14 1  The wise woman builds her house , But the foolish tears it down with her own hands .

2  He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord , But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.

3  In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back , But the lips of the wise will protect them.

4  Where no oxen are, the manger is clean , But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox .

5  A trustworthy witness will not lie , But a false witness utters lies .

6  A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none , But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding .

7  Leave the presence of a fool , Or you will not discern words of knowledge .

8  The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way , But the foolishness of fools is deceit .

9  Fools mock at sin , But among the upright there is good will .

10  The heart knows its own bitterness , And a stranger does not share its joy .

11  The house of the wicked will be destroyed , But the tent of the upright will flourish .

12  There is a way which seems right to a man , But its end is the way of death .

13  Even in laughter the heart may be in pain , And the end of joy may be grief .

14  The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways , But a good man will be satisfied with his.

15  The naive believes everything , But the sensible man considers his steps .

16  A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil , But a fool is arrogant and careless .

17  A quick-tempered e man acts foolishly , And a man of evil devices is hated .

18  The naive inherit foolishness , But the sensible are crowned with knowledge .

19  The evil will bow down before the good , And the wicked at the gates of the righteous .

20  The poor is hated even by his neighbor , But those who love the rich are many .

21  He who despises his neighbor sins , But happy is he who is gracious to the poor .

22  Will they not go astray who devise evil ? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good .

23  In all labor there is profit , But mere talk leads only to poverty .

24  The crown of the wise is their riches , But the folly of fools is foolishness .

25  A truthful witness saves lives , But he who utters lies is treacherous .

26  In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence , And his children will have refuge . 27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life , That one may avoid the snares of death .

28  In a multitude of people is a king's glory , But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin .

29  He who is slow to anger has great understanding , But he who is quick-tempered e exalts folly .

30  A tranquil heart is life to the body , But passion is rottenness to the bones .

31  He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker , But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

32  The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing , But the righteous has a refuge when he dies .

33  Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding , But in the hearts of fools it is made known .

34  Righteousness exalts a nation , But sin is a disgrace to any people .

35  The king's favor is toward a servant who acts wisely , But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully .

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