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Proverbs 14 New Century Version (NCV)

14 A wise woman strengthens her family,
    but a foolish woman destroys hers by what she does.

People who live good lives respect the Lord,
    but those who live evil lives don’t.

Fools will be punished for their proud words,
    but the words of the wise will protect them.

When there are no oxen, no food is in the barn.
    But with a strong ox, much grain can be grown.

A truthful witness does not lie,
    but a false witness tells nothing but lies.

Those who make fun of wisdom look for it and do not find it,
    but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

Stay away from fools,
    because they can’t teach you anything.

A wise person will understand what to do,
    but a foolish person is dishonest.

Fools don’t care if they sin,
    but honest people work at being right.

10 No one else can know your sadness,
    and strangers cannot share your joy.

11 The wicked person’s house will be destroyed,
    but a good person’s tent will still be standing.

12 Some people think they are doing right,
    but in the end it leads to death.

13 Someone who is laughing may be sad inside,
    and joy may end in sadness.

14 Evil people will be paid back for their evil ways,
    and good people will be rewarded for their good ones.

15 Fools will believe anything,
    but the wise think about what they do.

16 Wise people are careful and stay out of trouble,
    but fools are careless and quick to act.

17 Someone with a quick temper does foolish things,
    but someone with understanding remains calm.

18 Fools are rewarded with nothing but more foolishness,
    but the wise are rewarded with knowledge.

19 Evil people will bow down to those who are good;
    the wicked will bow down at the door of those who do right.

20 The poor are rejected, even by their neighbors,
    but the rich have many friends.

21 It is a sin to hate your neighbor,
    but being kind to the needy brings happiness.

22 Those who make evil plans will be ruined,
    but those who plan to do good will be loved and trusted.

23 Those who work hard make a profit,
    but those who only talk will be poor.

24 Wise people are rewarded with wealth,
    but fools only get more foolishness.

25 A truthful witness saves lives,
    but a false witness is a traitor.

26 Those who respect the Lord will have security,
    and their children will be protected.

27 Respect for the Lord gives life.
    It is like a fountain that can save people from death.

28 A king is honored when he has many people to rule,
    but a prince is ruined if he has none.

29 Patient people have great understanding,
    but people with quick tempers show their foolishness.

30 Peace of mind means a healthy body,
    but jealousy will rot your bones.

31 Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker,
    but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

32 The wicked are ruined by their own evil,
    but those who do right are protected even in death.

33 Wisdom lives in those with understanding,
    and even fools recognize it.

34 Doing what is right makes a nation great,
    but sin will bring disgrace to any people.

35 A king is pleased with a wise servant,
    but he will become angry with one who causes him shame.

New Century Version (NCV)

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Proverbs 14 New International Version (NIV)

14 The wise woman builds her house,
    but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,
    but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
    but the lips of the wise protect them.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
    but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

An honest witness does not deceive,
    but a false witness pours out lies.

The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,
    but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Stay away from a fool,
    for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
    but the folly of fools is deception.

Fools mock at making amends for sin,
    but goodwill is found among the upright.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
    and no one else can 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 that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.

13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
    and rejoicing may end in grief.

14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,
    and the good rewarded for theirs.

15 The simple believe anything,
    but the prudent give thought to their steps.

16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,
    but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
    and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.

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

19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,
    and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
    but the rich have many friends.

21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
    but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

22 Do not those who plot evil go astray?
    But those who plan what is good find[a] love and faithfulness.

23 All hard work brings a profit,
    but mere talk leads only to poverty.

24 The wealth of the wise is their crown,
    but the folly of fools yields folly.

25 A truthful witness saves lives,
    but a false witness is deceitful.

26 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
    and for their children it will be a refuge.

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
    turning a person from the snares of death.

28 A large population is a king’s glory,
    but without subjects a prince is ruined.

29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
    but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
    but envy rots the bones.

31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
    but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,
    but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.

33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning
    and even among fools she lets herself be known.[b]

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
    but sin condemns any people.

35 A king delights in a wise servant,
    but a shameful servant arouses his fury.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 14:22 Or show
  2. Proverbs 14:33 Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac discerning / but in the heart of fools she is not known
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