Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 The 1wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

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2 He who 2walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is 3devious in his ways despises Him.

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3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But 4the lips of the wise will protect them.

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    • a 14:3 - Lit "of pride"
      4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
      5 A 5trustworthy witness will not lie, But a 6false witness 7utters lies.

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      6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
      7 Leave the 8presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

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        • c 14:7 - Lit "know"
        • d 14:7 - Lit "lips"
          8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But 9the foolishness of fools is deceit.

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          9 Fools mock at sin, But 10among the upright there is good will.

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            • e 14:9 - Lit "guilt"
            • f 14:9 - Or the "favor" of God
              10 The heart knows its own 11bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

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              11 The 12house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

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              12 There 13is a way which seems right to a man, But its 14end is the way of death.

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              13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the 15end of joy may be grief.

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              14 The backslider in heart will have his 16fill of his own ways, But a good man will 17be satisfied with his.

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              15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

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                  16 A wise man is cautious and 18turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

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                  17 A quick-tempered * man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.
                  18 The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

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                      19 The 19evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

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                      20 The 20poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.

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                      21 He who 21despises his neighbor sins, But 22happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

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                      22 Will they not go astray who 23devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

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                      23 In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

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                        • l 14:23 - Lit "word of lips"
                          24 The 24crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.

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                          25 A truthful witness saves lives, But he who 25utters lies is treacherous.

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                            • m 14:25 - Lit "breathes out"
                            • n 14:25 - Lit "treachery"
                              26 In the 26fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.

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                              27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.

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                                • q 14:27 - Or "reverence"
                                  28 In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.
                                  29 He who is 27slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered * exalts folly.

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                                  30 A 28tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is 29rottenness to the bones.

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                                  31 He 30who oppresses the poor taunts 31his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

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                                  33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the hearts of fools it is made known.

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                                    • t 14:33 - Lit "inward part"
                                      34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.
                                      35 The king's favor is toward a 34servant who acts wisely, But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

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