Proverbs Chapter 14 |
1The wisest of women builds her house,
But folly tears it down with its own hands.
2He who maintains his integrity fears the Lord;
A man of devious ways scorns Him.
3In the mouth of a fool is a rod of haughtiness,
But the lips of the wise protect them.
4If there are no oxen the crib is clean,
But a rich harvest comes through the strength of the ox.
5An honest witness will not lie;
A false witness testifies lies.
6A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
But knowledge comes easily to the intelligent man.
7Keep your distance from a dullard,
For you will not learn wise speech.
8It is the wisdom of a clever man to understand his course;
But the stupidity of the dullard is delusion.
9Reparations mediate between fools,
Between the upright, good will.
10The heart alone knows its bitterness,
And no outsider can share in its joy.
11The house of the wicked will be demolished,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12A road may seem right to a man,
But in the end it is a road to death.
13The heart may ache even in laughter,
And joy may end in grief.
14An unprincipled man reaps the fruits of his ways;
A good man, of his deeds.
15A simple person believes anything;
A clever man ponders his course.
16A wise man is diffident and shuns evil,
But a dullard rushes in confidently.
17An impatient man commits folly;
A man of intrigues will be hated.
18Folly is the lot of the simple,
But clever men glory in knowledge.
19Evil men are brought low before the good,
So are the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20A pauper is despised even by his peers,
But a rich man has many friends.
21He who despises his fellow is wrong;
He who shows pity for the lowly is happy.
22Surely those who plan evil go astray,
While those who plan good earn steadfast love.
23From all toil there is some gain,
But idle chatter is pure loss.
24The ornament of the wise is their wealth;
The stupidity of dullards is stupidity.
25A truthful witness saves lives;
He who testifies lies reads] deceit.
26Fear of the Lord is a stronghold,
A refuge for a man’s children.
27Fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
Enabling one to avoid deadly snares.
28A numerous people is the glory of a king;
Without a nation a ruler is ruined.
29Patience results in much understanding;
Impatience gets folly as its portion.
30A calm disposition gives bodily health;
Passion is rot to the bones.
31He who withholds what is due to the poor affronts his Maker;
He who shows pity for the needy honors Him.
32The wicked man is felled by his own evil;
The righteous man finds security in his death.
33Wisdom rests quietly in the mind of a prudent man,
But among dullards it makes itself known.
34Righteousness exalts a nation;
Sin is a reproach to any people.
35The king favors a capable servant;
He rages at an incompetent one.