Proverbs 14 ESV

1 1The wisest of women 2builds her house, but folly with her own hands 3tears it down.

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2 Whoever 4walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is 5devious in his ways despises him.

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3 By the mouth of a fool comes 6a rod for his back,a 7but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

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    • – 14:3 - Or In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride
      4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
      5 8A faithful witness does not lie, but 9a false witness breathes out lies.

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      6 10A scoffer seeks wisdom 11in vain, but 12knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

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      7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
      8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.
      9 13Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.b

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        • — 14:9 - Hebrew but among the upright is acceptance
          10 The heart knows its own 14bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.

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          11 15The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

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          12 16There is a way that seems right to a man, but 17its end is the way to death.c

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            • ˜ 14:12 - Hebrew ways of death
              13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and 18the end of joy may be 19grief.

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              14 The backslider in heart will be 20filled with the fruit of his ways, and 21a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

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              15 22The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

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              16 23One who is wise is cautiousd and 24turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

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                • ™ 14:16 - Or fears [the Lord]
                  17 A man of 25quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.

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                      18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
                      19 26The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

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                      20 27The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, 28but the rich has many friends.

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                      21 Whoever 29despises his neighbor is a sinner, but 30blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

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                      22 Do they not go astray who 31devise evil? Those who devise good meete32steadfast love and faithfulness.

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                          23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk 33tends only to poverty.

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                          24 The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly.
                          25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who 34breathes out lies is deceitful.

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                              26 In the fear of the LORD one has 35strong confidence, and 36his children will have 37a refuge.

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                                  27 The fear of the LORD is 38a fountain of life, that one may 39turn away from the snares of death.

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                                  28 In 40a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined.

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                                  29 Whoever is 41slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

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                                  30 A tranquilf heart gives 42life to the flesh, but 43envyg makes 44the bones rot.

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                                      31 Whoever oppresses a poor man 45insults his 46Maker, 47but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

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                                      32 48The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but 49the righteous finds refuge in his death.

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                                      33 Wisdom 50rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.h

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                                        •  14:33 - Or Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of a man of understanding, but makes itself known in the midst of fools
                                          34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
                                          35 A servant who deals wisely has 51the king's favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

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