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1A wise woman builds her house,
while a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.
2Those who walk with integrity fear the Lord,
but those who take a crooked path despise him.
3Pride sprouts in the mouth of a fool,#Heb uncertain
but the lips of the wise protect them.
4When there are no oxen, the stall is clean,
but when there is a strong bull, there is abundant produce.
5A truthful witness doesn’t lie,
but a false witness spews lies.
6A mocker searches for wisdom and gets none,
but knowledge comes quickly to the intelligent.
7Stay away from fools,
for you won’t learn wise speech there.
8By their wisdom the prudent understand their way,
but the stupidity of fools deceives them.
9Fools mock a compensation offering,
but favor is with those who do right.
10The heart knows its own distress;
another person can’t share its joy.
11The house of the wicked is destroyed,
but the tent flourishes for those who do right.
12There is a path that may seem straight to someone,
but in the end it is a path to death.
13The heart feels pain even in laughter,
and in the end, joy turns to sorrow.
14Rebellious hearts receive satisfaction from their ways;
the good receive the due reward for their deeds.
15The naive believe anything,
but the prudent give thought to their steps.
16The wise are careful and avoid evil,
but fools become excited and overconfident.
17Short-tempered people make stupid mistakes,
and schemers are hated.
18Stupidity is the lot of the naive,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19Evil people will bow down before the good;
wicked people are at the gates of the righteous.
20Even their neighbors hate the poor,
but many love the wealthy.
21Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,
but happy are those who are kind to the needy.
22Don’t those who plan evil go astray?
Those who plan good receive loyalty and faithfulness.
23There is profit in hard work,
but mere talk leads to poverty.
24Wealth is the crown of the wise,
and the folly of fools is folly.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
but a deceiver proclaims lies.
26In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence
and refuge for one’s children.
27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning people away from deathtraps.
28A king’s glory is a large population,
but a dwindling people is a ruler’s ruin.
29Patience leads to abundant understanding,
but impatience leads to stupid mistakes.
30A peaceful mind gives life to the body,
but jealousy rots the bones.
31Those who exploit the powerless anger their maker,
while those who are kind to the poor honor God.
32The wicked are thrown down by their own evil,
but the righteous find refuge even in death.
33Wisdom resides in an understanding heart,
but it’s not#LXX; MT lacks not. known in fools.
34Righteousness dignifies a nation,
but sin disgraces a people.
35The king favors an insightful servant,
but is furious at a shameful one.
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