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14 Wisdom[a] builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
He who walks in uprightness fears the Lord,
    but he who is devious in his ways despises him.
The talk of a fool is a rod for his back,[b]
    but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
Where there are no oxen, there is no[c] grain;
    but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
A faithful witness does not lie,
    but a false witness breathes out lies.
A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
    but 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 a prudent man is to discern his way,
    but the folly of fools is deceiving.
God scorns the wicked,[d]
    but the upright enjoy his favor.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
    and no stranger shares its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
    but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way which seems right to a man,
    but its end is the way to death.[e]
13 Even in laughter the heart is sad,
    and the end of joy is grief.
14 A perverse man will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
    and a good man with the fruit of his deeds.[f]
15 The simple believes everything,
    but the prudent looks where he is going.
16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil,
    but a fool throws off restraint and is careless.
17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
    but a man of discretion is patient.[g]
18 The simple acquire folly,
    but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow down before the good,
    the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 14:1 Heb Wisdom of women
  2. Proverbs 14:3 Cn: Heb a rod of pride
  3. Proverbs 14:4 Cn: Heb a manger of
  4. Proverbs 14:9 Cn: Heb obscure
  5. Proverbs 14:12 Heb ways of death
  6. Proverbs 14:14 Cn: Heb from upon him
  7. Proverbs 14:17 Gk: Heb is hated

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