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1A wise woman makes her home what it should be, but the home of a foolish woman is destroyed by her own actions.#14:1 Or “Wisdom builds her house, but Foolishness tears hers down with her own hands.”
2Those who live right respect the Lord, but dishonest people hate him.
3Foolish words cause you trouble; wise words protect you.
4A barn with no cattle might be clean, but strong bulls are needed for a good harvest.
5A good witness is one who does not lie. A bad witness is a liar who cannot be trusted.
6Anyone who makes fun of wisdom will never find it, but knowledge comes easily to those who understand its value.
7Stay away from fools, there is nothing they can teach you.
8Wisdom lets smart people know what they are doing, but stupid people only think they know.
9Fines are needed to make fools obey the law, but good people are happy to obey it.
10When you are sad, no one else feels the pain; and when you are happy, no one else can really feel the joy.
11An evil person’s house will be destroyed, but a good person’s family will do well.
12There is a way that people think is right, but it leads only to death.
13Laughter might hide your sadness. But when the laughter is gone, the sadness remains.
14Evil people will be paid back for the wrong they do, and good people will be rewarded for the good they do.
15Fools believe every word they hear, but wise people think carefully about everything.
16Wise people are careful and avoid trouble; fools are too confident and careless.
17A quick-tempered person does stupid things, but it is also true that people don’t like anyone who quietly plans evil.
18Fools are rewarded with more foolishness. Smart people are rewarded with knowledge.
19Good people will defeat those who are evil, and the wicked will be forced to show respect to those who live right.
20The poor have no friends, not even their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
21It is wrong to say bad things about your neighbors. Be kind to the poor, and you will be blessed.
22Whoever works to do good will find love and loyalty. It is a mistake to work at doing evil.
23If you work hard, you will have plenty. If you do nothing but talk, you will not have enough.
24A wise person’s reward is wealth, but a fool’s reward is foolishness.
25A witness who tells the truth saves lives, but one who tells lies hurts others.
26People who respect the Lord will be safe, and they will make their children feel secure.
27Respect for the Lord gives true life and will save you from death’s trap.
28Kings of large nations have great honor. Rulers without a country have nothing.
29A patient person is very smart. A quick-tempered person makes stupid mistakes.
30Peace of mind makes the body healthy, but jealousy is like a cancer.
31Whoever takes advantage of the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to them honors him.
32The wicked will be defeated by their evil, but good people are protected by their honesty.#14:32 Or “The wicked will be crushed by their evil, and those who hope for their destruction are right to do so.”
33A wise person is always thinking wise thoughts, but a fool knows nothing about wisdom.
34Goodness makes a nation great, but sin is a shame to any people.
35Kings are pleased with intelligent officials, but they will punish shameful ones.
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