14 (A)The wisest of women (B)builds her house,
    but folly with her own hands (C)tears it down.
Whoever (D)walks in uprightness fears the Lord,
    but he who is (E)devious in his ways despises him.
By the mouth of a fool comes (F)a rod for his back,[a]
    (G)but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
    but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
(H)A faithful witness does not lie,
    but (I)a false witness breathes out lies.
(J)A scoffer seeks wisdom (K)in vain,
    but (L)knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
Leave the presence of a fool,
    for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,
    but the folly of fools is deceiving.
(M)Fools mock at the guilt offering,
    but the upright enjoy acceptance.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 14:3 Or In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride
  2. Proverbs 14:9 Hebrew but among the upright is acceptance

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