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Proverbs 14 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 A wise woman builds her house. But 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 An honest person has respect for the Lord. But a person whose paths are crooked hates him. 2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.
3 Foolish people are punished for what they say. But the things wise people say keep them safe. 3 A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 Where there are no oxen, the feed box is empty. But a strong ox brings in a great harvest. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
5 An honest witness does not lie. But a dishonest witness pours out lies. 5 A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
6 Those who make fun of others look for wisdom and don't find it. But knowledge comes easily to those who understand what is right. 6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
7 Stay away from a foolish man. You won't find knowledge in what he says. 7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
8 People are wise and understanding when they think about the way they live. But people are foolish when their foolish ways trick them. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
9 Foolish people laugh at making things right when they sin. But honest people try to do the right thing. 9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 Each heart knows its own sadness. And no one else can share its joy. 10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11 The houses of sinners will be destroyed. But the tents of honest people will stand firm. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that may seem right to a man. But in the end it leads to death. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
13 Even when you laugh, your heart can be hurting. And your joy can end in sadness. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
14 Those who aren't faithful will be paid back for what they've done. And good men will receive rewards for how they've lived. 14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.
15 A childish person believes anything. But a wise person thinks about how he lives. 15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
16 A wise person has respect for the LORD and avoids evil. But a foolish person gets mad and is thoughtless. 16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
17 Anyone who gets angry quickly does foolish things. And a man who is tricky is hated. 17 A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
18 Childish people act in keeping with their foolish ways. But knowledge makes wise people feel like kings. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 Evil people will bow down in front of good people. And those who do wrong will bow down at the gates of those who do right. 19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 Poor people are avoided even by their neighbors. But rich people have many friends. 20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
21 Anyone who hates his neighbor commits sin. But blessed is the person who is kind to those in need. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
22 Those who plan evil go down the wrong path. But those who plan good find love and truth. 22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
23 All hard work pays off. But if all you do is talk, you will be poor. 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The wealth of wise people is their crown. But the foolish ways of foolish people lead to what is foolish. 24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
25 An honest witness saves lives. But a dishonest witness tells lies. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.
26 Anyone who shows respect for the LORD has a strong tower. It will be a safe place for his children. 26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
27 Respect for the LORD is like a fountain that gives life. It turns you away from the jaws of death. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
28 A large population is a king's glory. But a prince without followers is destroyed. 28 A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.
29 Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is. 29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
30 A peaceful heart gives life to the body. But jealousy rots the bones. 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
31 Anyone who crushes poor people makes fun of their Maker. But anyone who is kind to those in need honors God. 31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
32 When trouble comes, sinners are brought down. But godly people have a safe place even when they die. 32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
33 Wisdom rests in the hearts of those who understand what is right. And even among foolish people she makes herself known. 33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
34 Doing what is right lifts people up. But sin brings shame to any nation. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 A king is pleased with a wise servant. But a servant who is full of shame invites the king's anger. 35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.