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Proverbs 14 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Lady Wisdom builds a lovely home; Sir Fool comes along and tears it down brick by brick. 1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 An honest life shows respect for God; a degenerate life is a slap in his face. 2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.
3 Frivolous talk provokes a derisive smile; wise speech evokes nothing but respect. 3 A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 No cattle, no crops; a good harvest requires a strong ox for the plow. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
5 A true witness never lies; a false witness makes a business of it. 5 A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
6 Cynics look high and low for wisdom - and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep! 6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
7 Escape quickly from the company of fools; they're a waste of your time, a waste of your words. 7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
8 The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track; the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
9 The stupid ridicule right and wrong, but a moral life is a favored life. 9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends will be an outsider at their celebrations. 10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11 Lives of careless wrongdoing are tumbledown shacks; holy living builds soaring cathedrals. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There's a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again - it leads straight to hell. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
13 Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. Sift and Weigh Every Word 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
14 A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace. 14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.
15 The gullible believe anything they're told; the prudent sift and weigh every word. 15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
16 The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless. 16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
17 The hotheaded do things they'll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder. 17 A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
18 Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good; the wicked will respect God-loyal people. 19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 An unlucky loser is shunned by all, but everyone loves a winner. 20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
21 It's criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor - what a blessing! 21 He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
22 Isn't it obvious that conspirators lose out, while the thoughtful win love and trust? 22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
23 Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table. 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The wise accumulate wisdom; fools get stupider by the day. 24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
25 Souls are saved by truthful witness and betrayed by the spread of lies. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.
26 The Fear-of-God builds up confidence, and makes a world safe for your children. 26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
27 The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water so you won't go off drinking from poisoned wells. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
28 The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following. 28 A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.
29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity. 29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
30 A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones. 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
31 You insult your Maker when you exploit the powerless; when you're kind to the poor, you honor God. 31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
32 The evil of bad people leaves them out in the cold; the integrity of good people creates a safe place for living. 32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
33 Lady Wisdom is at home in an understanding heart - fools never even get to say hello. 33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
34 God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 Diligent work gets a warm commendation; shiftless work earns an angry rebuke. 35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.