1 The wisest of women#Literally “wise ones of women” builds her house,
but the foolish tears it down with her hands.
2He who walks in uprightness fears Yahweh,
but he who is devious in his ways displeases him.
3In the mouth of a fool is the rod of pride,
but the lips of the wise preserve them.
4When there are no#Literally “In there is no” oxen the manger is empty,
but an abundance of crops comes by the strength of an ox.#Hebrew “bull”
5A faithful witness does not lie,
but he who breathes out falsehood is a witness of deceit.
6A scoffer seeks wisdom, but there is none,
but knowledge comes easily to him who understands.#Literally “to one who understands it comes easy”
7Leave the presence of a foolish man,#Literally “from the presence belonging to a man of foolishness”
for you will not come to know words of knowledge.#Literally “lips of knowledge”
8The wisdom of the clever is understanding his ways,
but the folly of fools is deceit.
9Fools mock#Hebrew “he mocks” the guilt offering,
but among the upright, it is favorable.
10The heart#Or “mind” knows the bitterness of its soul,#Or “life,” or “inner self”
but in its joy, it will not share itself with a stranger.
11The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12There is a way that seems upright to#Literally “to the face of” a man,
but its end is the way of death.
13Even in laughter, a heart may be sad,
and the end of joy may be grief.
14From his ways, the perverse of heart will be satisfied,
and from his own,#Literally “from upon him” so shall a good man.
15The simple will believe every word,
but the clever will consider his step.
16The wise is cautious and turns from evil,
but the fool throws off restraint and is confident.
17He who is short of temper#Literally “nostril” will act foolishly,
and the man who schemes will be hated.
18The simple are adorned with folly,
but the clever are crowned with knowledge.
19The evil bow down before the good,
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
but the lovers of the rich are many.
21He who despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but he who has mercy on the poor blesses him.
22Have they not erred, those who plan evil?
But loyalty and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.
23In all toil, there is profit,
but the talk#Literally “word, matter, thing” of lips leads only to poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their wealth;
the folly of fools is folly.
25He who saves lives#Or “souls,” or “inner selves” is a witness of truth,
but he who utters lies is a betrayer.
26In the fear of Yahweh, there is confidence of strength,
and for his children, there will be refuge.
27The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life,
in order to turn from the snares of death.
28In the multitude of people is the glory of the king,
but without a population, a prince is ruined.
29He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
but the hasty of spirit#Or “breath” exalts folly.
30A heart#Or “mind” of tranquility#Or “he who heals” is life to the flesh,
but causes bones of passion to rot.
31He who oppresses the poor insults him who made him,
but he who has mercy on the poor honors him.
32By his evildoing, the wicked will be overthrown,
and the righteous will find refuge in his death.
33In the heart#Or “mind” of him who has understanding, wisdom rests,
but even in the midst of fools it becomes known.
34Righteousness will exalt a nation,
but sin is a reproach to a people.
35The favor of a king is for the servant who deals wisely,
but his wrath will be on him who acts shamefully.
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