26 In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge.
27 (A)The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death.

28 In a multitude of people is a king’s honor,
But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.

29 (B)He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
But he who is [a]impulsive exalts folly.

30 A sound heart is life to the body,
But (C)envy is (D)rottenness to the bones.

31 (E)He who oppresses the poor reproaches (F)his Maker,
But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.

32 The wicked is banished in his wickedness,
But (G)the righteous has a refuge in his death.

33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding,
But (H)what is in the heart of fools is made known.

34 Righteousness exalts a (I)nation,
But sin is a [b]reproach to any people.

35 (J)The king’s favor is toward a wise servant,
But his wrath is against him who causes shame.

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  1. Proverbs 14:29 Lit. short of spirit
  2. Proverbs 14:34 shame or disgrace

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