The wise woman builds her house,1 but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.
A fool's mouth lashes out with pride,2 but the lips of the wise protect them.34
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox4 come abundant harvests.
An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.56
The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.67
Stay away from the foolish, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,7 but the folly of fools is deception.89
Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,9 but the tent of the upright will flourish.1012
There is a way that appears to be right,11 but in the end it leads to death.1213
Even in laughter13 the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief.
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,14 and the good rewarded for theirs.1515
The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.1616
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil,17 but a fool18 is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
The quick-tempered19 do foolish things,20 and those who devise evil schemes are hated.2118
The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.2220
The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.2321
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor,24 but blessed are those who are kind to the needy.2522
Do not those who plot evil go astray?26 But those who plan what is good finda love and faithfulness.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.2725
A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.2826
Those who fear the LORD have a secure fortress,29 and for their children it will be a refuge.3027
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,31 turning a person from the snares of death.3228
A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.3329
Those who are patient have great understanding,34 but the quick-tempered display folly.3530
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.3631
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,37 but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.3832
When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,39 but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.4033
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning41 and even among fools she lets herself be known.b34
Righteousness exalts a nation,42 but sin condemns any people.
A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.43