1 # [ch. 9:1; 24:3] The wisest of women #Deut. 25:9; Ruth 4:11 builds her house,
but folly with her own hands #[ch. 11:11]tears it down.
2Whoever #ch. 19:1; 28:6 walks in uprightness fears the Lord,
but he who is #ch. 2:15devious in his ways despises him.
3By the mouth of a fool comes #[Jer. 18:18] a rod for his back,#14:3 Or In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride
# ch. 12:6 but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
4Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
5 # [Ex. 23:1] A faithful witness does not lie,
but #See ch. 6:19a false witness breathes out lies.
6 # [ch. 24:7] A scoffer seeks wisdom #[Ps. 25:9; 1 Pet. 5:5] in vain,
but #[ch. 8:9; 15:14; 17:24]knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
7Leave the presence of a fool,
for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
8The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,
but the folly of fools is deceiving.
9 # [ch. 10:23] Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.#14:9 Hebrew but among the upright is acceptance
10The heart knows its own #[1 Sam. 1:10]; See Job 3:20bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.
11 # [ch. 3:33; 15:25; Job 8:15; 21:28] The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 # ch. 16:25; See ch. 12:15 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but #[ch. 5:5; Rom. 6:21]; See ch. 7:27its end is the way to death.#14:12 Hebrew ways of death
13Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and #[Eccles. 2:2; Luke 6:25] the end of joy may be #ch. 10:1grief.
14The backslider in heart will be #[ch. 1:31; Matt. 6:2, 5] filled with the fruit of his ways,
and #ch. 12:14; Isa. 3:10a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
15 # See ch. 1:4 The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
16 # [ch. 22:3; 27:12] One who is wise is cautious#14:16 Or fears [the Lord] and #[ch. 3:7]; See Job 28:28; Ps. 34:14turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
17A man of #[ver. 29]quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.
18The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 # [Gen. 42:6; 1 Sam. 2:36] The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 # ch. 19:7 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
# ch. 19:4 but the rich has many friends.
21Whoever #ch. 11:12 despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but #Ps. 41:1blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
22Do they not go astray who #See ch. 3:29 devise evil?
Those who devise good meet#14:22 Or show #ch. 3:3steadfast love and faithfulness.
23In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk #[ch. 11:24; 21:5; 22:16]tends only to poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the folly of fools brings folly.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who #ver. 5breathes out lies is deceitful.
26In the fear of the Lord one has #[ch. 1:33] strong confidence,
and #[Ps. 73:15] his children will have #See Ps. 14:6a refuge.
27The fear of the Lord is #See ch. 10:11 a fountain of life,
that one may #See ch. 13:14turn away from the snares of death.
28In #[1 Kgs. 4:20]a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
29Whoever is #ch. 16:32; 19:11; [ver. 17; Eccles. 7:9; James 1:19]slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30A tranquil#14:30 Or healing heart gives #See ch. 4:22 life to the flesh,
but #[Ps. 112:10] envy#14:30 Or jealousy makes #ch. 12:4the bones rot.
31Whoever oppresses a poor man #ch. 17:5; [Matt. 25:40, 45] insults his #ch. 22:2; See Job 35:10 Maker,
# ch. 28:8 but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
32 # ch. 24:16 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,
but #Gen. 49:18; Ps. 16:11; 17:15; 23:4; 2 Cor. 1:9; 5:8; 2 Tim. 4:18; [Num. 23:10]; See Job 19:25-27the righteous finds refuge in his death.
33Wisdom #Eccles. 7:9; ch. 12:16; 29:11rests in the heart of a man of understanding,
but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.#14:33 Or Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of a man of understanding, but makes itself known in the midst of fools
34Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
35A servant who deals wisely has #[ch. 16:13; 22:11]; See Matt. 24:45-47the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.