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Proverbs 14

1+ The wisest of women + builds her house,

but folly with her own hands + tears it down.

2Whoever + walks in uprightness fears the Lord,

but he who is + devious in his ways despises him.

3By the mouth of a fool comes + a rod for his back,+

+ but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

4Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,

but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

5+ A faithful witness does not lie,

but + a false witness breathes out lies.

6+ A scoffer seeks wisdom + in vain,

but + knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

7Leave the presence of a fool,

for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

8The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools is deceiving.

9+ Fools mock at the guilt offering,

but the upright enjoy acceptance.+

10The heart knows its own + bitterness,

and no stranger shares its joy.

11+ The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent of the upright will flourish.

12+ There 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.

14The backslider in heart will be + filled with the fruit of his ways,

and + a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

15+ The simple believes everything,

but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

16+ One who is wise is cautious+ and + turns away from evil,

but a fool is reckless and careless.

17A man of + quick temper acts foolishly,

and a man of evil devices is hated.

18The simple inherit folly,

but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19+ The evil bow down before the good,

the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20+ The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,

+ but the rich has many friends.

21Whoever + despises his neighbor is a sinner,

but + blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

22Do they not go astray who + devise evil?

Those who devise good meet+ + steadfast love and faithfulness.

23In all toil there is profit,

but mere talk + tends only to poverty.

24The crown of the wise is their wealth,

but the folly of fools brings folly.

25A truthful witness saves lives,

but one who + breathes out lies is deceitful.

26In the fear of the Lord one has + strong confidence,

and + his children will have + a refuge.

27The fear of the Lord is + a fountain of life,

that one may + turn away from the snares of death.

28In + a multitude of people is the glory of a king,

but without people a prince is ruined.

29Whoever is + slow to anger has great understanding,

but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

30A tranquil+ heart gives + life to the flesh,

but + envy+ makes + the bones rot.

31Whoever oppresses a poor man + insults his + Maker,

+ but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

32+ The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,

but + the righteous finds refuge in his death.

33Wisdom + rests in the heart of a man of understanding,

but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.+

34Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a reproach to any people.

35A servant who deals wisely has + the king’s favor,

but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

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