Chapter Fourteen

1 ¶ Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

2 ¶ He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

3 ¶ In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

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

5 ¶ A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

6 ¶ A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

7 ¶ Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

8 ¶ The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

9 ¶ Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

10 ¶ The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

11 ¶ The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

12 ¶ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

13 ¶ Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

14 ¶ The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

15 ¶ The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

16 ¶ A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

17 ¶ He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

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

19 ¶ The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 ¶ The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

21 ¶ He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

22 ¶ Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

23 ¶ In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

24 ¶ The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

25 ¶ A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

26 ¶ In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

28 ¶ In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

29 ¶ He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

30 ¶ A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

31 ¶ He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

32 ¶ The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

33 ¶ Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

34 ¶ Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

35 ¶ The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

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