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Proverbs 14 New Life Version (NLV)

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

He who walks in honor fears the Lord, but he who is sinful in his ways hates Him.

A foolish man’s talk brings a stick to his back, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe.

There is no grain where there are no oxen, but much grain comes by the strength of the ox.

A faithful man who tells what he knows will not lie, but the man who is not faithful will lie.

One who laughs at the truth looks for wisdom and does not find it, but much learning is easy to him who has understanding.

Go away from a foolish man, for you will not find words of much learning.

The wisdom of the wise man is to understand what to do, but lying is the foolish way of fools.

Fools laugh at sin, but the favor of God is among the faithful.

10 The heart knows when it is bitter, and a stranger cannot share its joy.

11 The house of the sinful will be destroyed, but all will go well in the tent of the faithful.

12 There is a way which looks right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

13 Even while laughing the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be sorrow.

14 The man who has gone back into sin will get the fruit of his ways, and a good man will get the fruit of what he does.

15 The one who is easy to fool believes everything, but the wise man looks where he goes.

16 A wise man fears God and turns away from what is sinful, but a fool is full of pride and is not careful.

17 He who has a quick temper acts in a foolish way, and a man who makes sinful plans is hated.

18 Those who are easy to fool are foolish, but the wise have much learning.

19 Sinful men will bow in front of the good, and at the gates of those who are right with God.

20 The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but the rich man has many friends.

21 He who hates his neighbor sins, but happy is he who shows loving-favor to the poor.

22 Do not those who make sinful plans go the wrong way? Kindness and truth are for those who plan good.

23 Some good comes from all work. Nothing but talk leads only to being poor.

24 What the wise receive is their riches, but fools are known by their foolish ways.

25 A faithful man who tells what he knows saves lives, but he who tells lies hurts others.

26 There is strong trust in the fear of the Lord, and His children will have a safe place.

27 The fear of the Lord is a well of life. Its waters keep a man from death.

28 The shining-greatness of a king is in many people, but without people a prince has nothing.

29 He who is slow to get angry has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper makes his foolish way look right.

30 A heart that has peace is life to the body, but wrong desires are like the wasting away of the bones.

31 He who makes it hard for the poor brings shame to his Maker, but he who shows loving-favor to those in need honors Him.

32 The sinful is thrown down by his wrong-doing, but the man who is right with God has a safe place when he dies.

33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.

34 Being right with God makes a nation great, but sin is a shame to any people.

35 The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his anger is toward the one who brings shame by what he does.

New Life Version (NLV)

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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.


  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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