Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 14
1Every wise woman has built her house, But the foolish breaks it down with her hands.
2He who walks in his straightness fears יהוה, But he whose ways are crooked despises Him.
3In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise guard them.
4Where there are no oxen, the crib is clean; But from the strength of an ox comes much increase.
5A trustworthy witness does not lie, But a false witness breathes out lies.
6A scoffer shall seek wisdom but find none, But knowledge is swift to him who has understanding.
7Leave the presence of a foolish man, For you shall not perceive the lips of knowledge.
8The wisdom of the clever is to understand His way, But the folly of fools is deceit.
9Fools scoff at guilt, But among the straight there is delight.
10The heart knows its own bitterness, And no stranger shares its joy.
11The house of the wrong is destroyed, But the tent of the straight flourishes.
12There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.#See Pro. 16:25
13Even in laughter the heart is in pain, And the end of that joy is heaviness.
14The backslider in heart is satisfied with his own ways, But a good man is satisfied from his.
15The simple believes every word, But the clever one watches his step.
16The wise fears and turns away from evil, But a fool rushes on and is reckless.
17He who is impatient acts foolishly, And a man who plans wickedness is hated.
18The simple shall inherit folly, But the clever are crowned with knowledge.
19The evil ones shall bow before the good, And the wrong ones at the gates of the righteous.
20The poor is hated even by his own neighbour, But the rich has many friends.
21He who despises his neighbour sins; But he who shows favour to the poor, O blessed is he.
22Do not those who plan evil go astray? But loving-commitment and truth are to those who plan good.
23In all labour there is profit, But talk of the lips leads only to poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their wealth, The folly of fools is folly.
25A true witness saves lives, But he who breathes out lies is a betrayer.
26In the fear of יהוה is strong trust, And His children have a place of refuge.
27The fear of יהוה is a fountain of life, To turn away from the snares of death.
28In a multitude of people Is a sovereign’s splendour, But in the lack of people Is the ruin of a prince.
29He who is patient has great understanding, But he who is short of spirit exalts folly.
30A healthy heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.
31He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who esteems Him shows favour to the needy.
32By his own evildoing the wrong is thrust down, But the righteous has a refuge in his death.
33Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, And even among fools it becomes known.
34Righteousness exalts a nation; And loving-commitment, To the peoples is sin.
35The sovereign’s delight is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is towards him who causes shame.

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