14:1 Every wise woman a buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
(a) That is, takes pains to profit her family,
and to do that which concerns her duty in her house.
14:2 He that walketh in his b
uprightness feareth the LORD: but [he that is] perverse in his ways despiseth
(b) That is, in uprightness of heart, and without
14:3 In the mouth of the foolish [is] a c
rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
(c) His proud tongue will cause him to be
14:4 Where no d
oxen [are], the crib [is] clean: but much increase [is] by the strength of the
(d) By the ox is meant labour, and by the crib
the barn, meaning, without labour there is no profit.
14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but e
a false witness will utter lies.
(e) For the maintenance of his own ambition, and
not for God's glory, as Simon Magus.
Fools make a mock at f sin: but among
the righteous [there is] favour.
(f) Does not know the grievousness of it, nor
God's judgments against the same.
14:10 The heart knoweth its own g
bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy.
(g) As a man's conscience is witness to his own
grief, so another cannot feel the joy and comfort which a man feels in
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; h
and the end of that mirth [is] heaviness.
(h) He shows the allurement to sin, that it seems
sweet, but the end of it is destruction.
14:14 The backslider in heart i
shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from
(i) He who forsakes God will be punished, and
made weary of his sins, in which he delighted.
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked k
at the gates of the righteous.
(k) If this come not daily to pass, we must
consider that it is because of our sins, which hinder God's workings.
In the multitude of l people [is] the
king's honour: but in the lack of people [is] the destruction of the prince.
(l) That is, the strength of a king stands in
Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but [that which is] m
in the midst of fools is made known.
(m) Forasmuch as they are convicted by it, and