Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

14 The (A)wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
He who (B)walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,
But he who is (C)devious in his ways despises Him.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod [a]for his back,
But (D)the lips of the wise will protect them.
Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
A (E)trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a (F)false witness [b](G)utters lies.
A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
Leave the (H)presence of a fool,
Or you will not [c]discern [d]words of knowledge.
The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But (I)the foolishness of fools is deceit.
Fools mock at [e]sin,
But (J)among the upright there is [f]good will.
10 The heart knows its own (K)bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
11 The (L)house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There (M)is a way which seems right to a man,
But its (N)end is the way of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the (O)end of joy may be grief.
14 The backslider in heart will have his (P)fill of his own ways,
But a good man will (Q)be satisfied [g]with his.
15 The [h]naive believes everything,
But the sensible man considers his steps.
16 A wise man [i]is cautious and (R)turns away from evil,
But a fool is arrogant and careless.
17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
And a man of evil devices is hated.
18 The [j]naive inherit foolishness,
But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
19 The (S)evil will bow down before the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The (T)poor is hated even by his neighbor,
But those who love the rich are many.
21 He who (U)despises his neighbor sins,
But (V)happy is he who is gracious to the [k]poor.
22 Will they not go astray who (W)devise evil?
But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
23 In all labor there is profit,
But [l]mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The (X)crown of the wise is their riches,
But the folly of fools is foolishness.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
But he who [m](Y)utters lies is [n]treacherous.
26 In the [o](Z)fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And [p]his children will have refuge.
27 The [q]fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
That one may avoid the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,
But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin.
29 He who is (AA)slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is [r]quick-tempered exalts folly.
30 A (AB)tranquil heart is life to the body,
But passion is (AC)rottenness to the bones.
31 He (AD)who oppresses the poor taunts (AE)his Maker,
But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
32 The wicked is (AF)thrust down by his [s]wrongdoing,
But the (AG)righteous has a refuge when he dies.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
But in the [t]hearts of fools it is made known.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 The king’s favor is toward a (AH)servant who acts wisely,
But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.


  1. Proverbs 14:3 Lit of pride
  2. Proverbs 14:5 Lit breathes out
  3. Proverbs 14:7 Lit know
  4. Proverbs 14:7 Lit lips
  5. Proverbs 14:9 Lit guilt
  6. Proverbs 14:9 Or the favor of God
  7. Proverbs 14:14 Lit from himself
  8. Proverbs 14:15 Lit simple
  9. Proverbs 14:16 Lit fears
  10. Proverbs 14:18 Lit simple
  11. Proverbs 14:21 Or afflicted
  12. Proverbs 14:23 Lit word of lips
  13. Proverbs 14:25 Lit breathes out
  14. Proverbs 14:25 Lit treachery
  15. Proverbs 14:26 Or reverence
  16. Proverbs 14:26 Or His
  17. Proverbs 14:27 Or reverence
  18. Proverbs 14:29 Lit short of spirit
  19. Proverbs 14:32 Or calamity
  20. Proverbs 14:33 Lit inward part

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