New International Version
14 The wise woman builds her house,(A)
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,
but those who despise him are devious in their ways.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
but from the strength of an ox(D) come abundant harvests.
5 An honest witness does not deceive,
but a false witness pours out lies.(E)
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,
but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.(F)
7 Stay away from a fool,
for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
9 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.
13 Even in laughter(M) the heart may ache,
and rejoicing may end in grief.
15 The simple believe anything,
but the prudent give thought to their steps.(P)
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.(V)
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.(W)
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.(AA)
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is deceitful.(AB)
28 A large population is a king’s glory,
but without subjects a prince is ruined.(AG)
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.(AJ)
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,(AP)
but sin condemns any people.
35 A king delights in a wise servant,
but a shameful servant arouses his fury.(AQ)
5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.(BB)
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,(BE)
but the hearts of fools are not upright.
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
the one who hates correction will die.(BK)
12 Mockers resent correction,(BN)
so they avoid the wise.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,(BQ)
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.(BR)
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.(BS)
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred.(BT)
19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,(BW)
but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son brings joy to his father,(BX)
but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,(BY)
but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
but the one who hates bribes will live.(CJ)
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.(CM)
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.(CN)
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
will be at home among the wise.(CO)
16 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.(CT)
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.(CX)
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.(DI)
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.(DJ)
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
all the weights in the bag are of his making.(DK)
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.(DL)
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.(DM)
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their ways preserve their lives.(DT)
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,(EA)
but folly brings punishment to fools.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
and leads them down a path that is not good.(EL)
30 Whoever winks(EM) with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;(EN)
it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
- Proverbs 14:22 Or show
- Proverbs 14:33 Hebrew; Septuagint and Syriac discerning / but in the heart of fools she is not known
- Proverbs 15:11 Hebrew Abaddon
- Proverbs 16:20 Or whoever speaks prudently finds what is good
- Proverbs 16:21 Or words make a person persuasive
- Proverbs 16:23 Or prudent / and make their lips persuasive