Proverbs 14 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Homes are made by the wisdom of women, but are destroyed by foolishness. 1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 Be honest and you show that you have reverence for the Lord; be dishonest and you show that you do not. 2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.
3 Proud fools talk too much; the words of the wise protect them. 3 A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 Without any oxen to pull the plow your barn will be empty, but with them it will be full of grain. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
5 A reliable witness always tells the truth, but an unreliable one tells nothing but lies. 5 A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
6 Conceited people can never become wise, but intelligent people learn easily. 6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
7 Stay away from foolish people; they have nothing to teach you. 7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
8 Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
9 Foolish people don't care if they sin, but good people want to be forgiven. 9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 Your joy is your own; your bitterness is your own. No one can share them with you. 10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11 A good person's house will still be standing after an evildoer's house has been destroyed. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 What you think is the right road may lead to death. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
13 Laughter may hide sadness. When happiness is gone, sorrow is always there. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
14 Bad people will get what they deserve. Good people will be rewarded for their deeds. 14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.
15 A fool will believe anything; smart people watch their step. 15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
16 Sensible people are careful to stay out of trouble, but stupid people are careless and act too quickly. 16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
17 People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm. 17 A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
18 Ignorant people get what their foolishness deserves, but the clever are rewarded with knowledge. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 Evil people will have to bow down to the righteous and humbly beg their favor. 19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 No one likes the poor, not even their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. 20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
21 If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor; it is a sin to despise anyone. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
22 You will earn the trust and respect of others if you work for good; if you work for evil, you are making a mistake. 22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
23 Work and you will earn a living; if you sit around talking you will be poor. 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 Wise people are rewarded with wealth, but fools are known by their foolishness. 24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
25 A witness saves lives when he tells the truth; when he tells lies, he betrays people. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.
26 Reverence for the Lord gives confidence and security to a man and his family. 26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
27 Do you want to avoid death? Reverence for the Lord is a fountain of life. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
28 A king's greatness depends on how many people he rules; without them he is nothing. 28 A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.
29 If you stay calm, you are wise, but if you have a hot temper, you only show how stupid you are. 29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
30 Peace of mind makes the body healthy, but jealousy is like a cancer. 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
31 If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who made them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship. 31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
32 Wicked people bring about their own downfall by their evil deeds, but good people are protected by their integrity. 32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
33 Wisdom is in every thought of intelligent people; fools know nothing about wisdom. 33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
34 Righteousness makes a nation great; sin is a disgrace to any nation. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 Kings are pleased with competent officials, but they punish those who fail them. 35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.