Proverbs 14 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands. 1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 Those who follow the right path fear the LORD; those who take the wrong path despise him. 2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.
3 The talk of fools is a rod for their backs, but the words of the wise keep them out of trouble. 3 A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 An empty stable stays clean, but no income comes from an empty stable. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
5 A truthful witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies. 5 A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
6 A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding. 6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
7 Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge there. 7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
8 The wise look ahead to see what is coming, but fools deceive themselves. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
9 Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. 9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy. 10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will perish, but the tent of the godly will flourish. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart; when the laughter ends, the grief remains. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
14 Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward. 14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.
15 Only simpletons believe everything they are told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. 15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with great confidence. 16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
17 Those who are short-tempered do foolish things, and schemers are hated. 17 A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
18 The simpleton is clothed with folly, but the wise person is crowned with knowledge. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly. 19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many "friends." 20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
21 It is sin to despise one's neighbors; blessed are those who help the poor. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
22 If you plot evil, you will be lost; but if you plan good, you will be granted unfailing love and faithfulness. 22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
23 Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only folly. 24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.
26 Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a place of refuge for their children. 26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
27 Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
28 A growing population is a king's glory; a dwindling nation is his doom. 28 A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.
29 Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will make mistakes. 29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
30 A relaxed attitude lengthens life; jealousy rots it away. 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honor him. 31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
32 The wicked are crushed by their sins, but the godly have a refuge when they die. 32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
33 Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools. 33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
34 Godliness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 A king rejoices in servants who know what they are doing; he is angry with those who cause trouble. 35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.