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Proverbs 14 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

14 Every wise woman buildeth her house:
    but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord:
    but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride:
    but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean:
    but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

A faithful witness will not lie:
    but a false witness will utter lies.

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not:
    but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Go from the presence of a foolish man,
    when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way:
    but the folly of fools is deceit.

Fools make a mock at sin:
    but among the righteous there is favour.

10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness;
    and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown:
    but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
    but the end thereof are the ways of death.

13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful;
    and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways:
    and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

15 The simple believeth every word:
    but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil:
    but the fool rageth, and is confident.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:
    and a man of wicked devices is hated.

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

19 The evil bow before the good;
    and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour:
    but the rich hath many friends.

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth:
    but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

22 Do they not err that devise evil?
    but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

23 In all labour there is profit:
    but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches:
    but the foolishness of fools is folly.

25 A true witness delivereth souls:
    but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence:
    and his children shall have a place of refuge.

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
    to depart from the snares of death.

28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honour:
    but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding:
    but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh:
    but envy the rottenness of the bones.

31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker:
    but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness:
    but the righteous hath hope in his death.

33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding:
    but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:
    but sin is a reproach to any people.

35 The king’s favour is toward a wise servant:
    but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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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
New International Version (NIV)

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Proverbs 14 New Living Translation (NLT)

14 A wise woman builds her home,
    but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;
    those who take the wrong path despise him.

A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,
    but the words of the wise keep them safe.

Without oxen a stable stays clean,
    but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

An honest witness does not lie;
    a false witness breathes lies.

A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,
    but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

Stay away from fools,
    for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

The prudent understand where they are going,
    but fools deceive themselves.

Fools make fun of guilt,
    but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
    and no one else can fully share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
    but the tent of the godly will flourish.

12 There is a path before each person that seems right,
    but it ends in death.

13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
    but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.

14 Backsliders get what they deserve;
    good people receive their reward.

15 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
    The prudent carefully consider their steps.

16 The wise are cautious[a] and avoid danger;
    fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

17 Short-tempered people do foolish things,
    and schemers are hated.

18 Simpletons are clothed with foolishness,[b]
    but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 Evil people will bow before good people;
    the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.

20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors,
    while the rich have many “friends.”

21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor;
    blessed are those who help the poor.

22 If you plan to do evil, you will be lost;
    if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.

23 Work brings profit,
    but mere talk leads to poverty!

24 Wealth is a crown for the wise;
    the effort of fools yields only foolishness.

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

26 Those who fear the Lord are secure;
    he will be a refuge for their children.

27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;
    it offers escape from the snares of death.

28 A growing population is a king’s glory;
    a prince without subjects has nothing.

29 People with understanding control their anger;
    a hot temper shows great foolishness.

30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
    jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
    but helping the poor honors him.

32 The wicked are crushed by disaster,
    but the godly have a refuge when they die.

33 Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart;
    wisdom is not[c] found among fools.

34 Godliness makes a nation great,
    but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king rejoices in wise servants
    but is angry with those who disgrace him.

Footnotes:

  1. 14:16 Hebrew The wise fear.
  2. 14:18 Or inherit foolishness.
  3. 14:33 As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew lacks not.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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