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1Every wise woman hath builded her house, And the foolish with her hands breaketh it down.
2Whoso is walking in his uprightness is fearing Jehovah, And the perverted [in] his ways is despising Him.
3In the mouth of a fool [is] a rod of pride, And the lips of the wise preserve them.
4Without oxen a stall [is] clean, And great [is] the increase by the power of the ox.
5A faithful witness lieth not, And a false witness breatheth out lies.
6A scorner hath sought wisdom, and it is not, And knowledge to the intelligent [is] easy.
7Go from before a foolish man, Or thou hast not known the lips of knowledge.
8The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way, And the folly of fools [is] deceit.
9Fools mock at a guilt-offering, And among the upright--a pleasing thing.
10The heart knoweth its own bitterness, And with its joy a stranger doth not intermeddle.
11The house of the wicked is destroyed, And the tent of the upright flourisheth.
12There is a way--right before a man, And its latter end [are] ways of death.
13Even in laughter is the heart pained, And the latter end of joy [is] affliction.
14From his ways is the backslider in heart filled, And a good man--from his fruits.
15The simple giveth credence to everything, And the prudent attendeth to his step.
16The wise is fearing and turning from evil, And a fool is transgressing and is confident.
17Whoso is short of temper doth folly, And a man of wicked devices is hated.
18The simple have inherited folly, And the prudent are crowned [with] knowledge.
19The evil have bowed down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20Even of his neighbour is the poor hated, And those loving the rich [are] many.
21Whoso is despising his neighbour sinneth, Whoso is favouring the humble, O his happiness.
22Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth [are] to those devising good,
23In all labour there is advantage, And a thing of the lips [is] only to want.
24The crown of the wise is their wealth, The folly of fools [is] folly.
25A true witness is delivering souls, And a deceitful one breatheth out lies.
26In the fear of Jehovah [is] strong confidence, And to His sons there is a refuge.
27The fear of Jehovah [is] a fountain of life, To turn aside from snares of death.
28In the multitude of a people [is] the honour of a king, And in lack of people the ruin of a prince.
29Whoso is slow to anger [is] of great understanding, And whoso is short in temper is exalting folly.
30A healed heart [is] life to the flesh, And rottenness to the bones [is] envy.
31An oppressor of the poor reproacheth his Maker, And whoso is honouring Him Is favouring the needy.
32In his wickedness is the wicked driven away, And trustful in his death [is] the righteous.
33In the heart of the intelligent wisdom doth rest. And in the midst of fools it is known.
34Righteousness exalteth a nation, And the goodliness of peoples [is] a sin-offering.
35The favour of a king [is] to a wise servant, And an object of his wrath is one causing shame!