Wisdom Builds Up, Folly Tears Down
1A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
2The one who walks uprightly fears Adonai, but one devious in his ways despises Him.
3In the mouth of a fool is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
4Where there are no oxen, the stalls are clean, but from the strength of the ox comes an abundant harvest.
5A trustworthy witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.
6A scoffer seeks wisdom yet finds none, but knowledge is easy to the discerning.
7Walk away from a fool— for you will find no knowledge on his lips.
8The wisdom of the prudent is to consider his way, but the folly of fools is deception.
9Fools mock guilt of sin, but among the upright is goodwill.
10The heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11The house of the wicked will be demolished, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
13Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
14A backsliding heart partakes of its ways, and a good man is rewarded for his.
15The naïve believes every word, but the shrewd discerns his steps.
16The wise fears and turns away from evil, but the fool is hotheaded and reckless.
17One with a short temper acts foolishly, and one with crafty schemes is hated.
18The naïve inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19Evil men will bow in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Poverty and Riches
20The poor is hated even by his neighbor, but many are those who love the rich.
21Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but whoever is gracious to the needy is blessed.
22Indeed those who plot evil go astray but grace and truth come to those who plan good.
23In all hard work there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools is foolishness.
25A truthful witness saves lives, but one who utters lies is treacherous.
26In the fear of Adonai one has strong confidence. It will be a refuge for His children.
27The fear of Adonai is a fountain of life, turning one from the snares of death.
28A large population is a king’s glory, but lack of subjects is a prince’s ruin.
29One who is slow to anger shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one exalts folly.
30A tranquil heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.
31The one who oppresses the poor shows contempt for his Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors Him.
32The wicked is brought down in his calamity yet the righteous has a refuge even in death.
33Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning, and even among fools she is known.
34Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35The king shows favor toward a servant who acts wisely, but his wrath is on one who is disgraceful.