13 Even in laughter the heart may sorrow,
And (A)the end of mirth may be grief.

14 The backslider in heart will be (B)filled with his own ways,
But a good man will be satisfied [a]from (C)above.

15 The simple believes every word,
But the prudent considers well his steps.
16 (D)A wise man fears and departs from evil,
But a fool rages and is self-confident.
17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
And a man of wicked intentions is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly,
But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil will bow before the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 (E)The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor,
But [b]the rich has many (F)friends.
21 He who despises his neighbor sins;
(G)But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?
But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

23 In all labor there is profit,
But [c]idle chatter leads only to poverty.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches,
But the foolishness of fools is folly.

25 A true witness [d]delivers (H)souls,
But a deceitful witness speaks lies.

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  1. Proverbs 14:14 Lit. from above himself
  2. Proverbs 14:20 Lit. many are the lovers of the rich
  3. Proverbs 14:23 Lit. talk of the lips
  4. Proverbs 14:25 saves lives

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