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Proverbs 14

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