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14 The wise woman builds her house,

But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,

aBut he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride,

bBut the lips of the wise will preserve them.

4 Where no oxen are, the 1trough is clean;

But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

5 A cfaithful witness does not lie,

But a false witness will utter dlies.

6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it,

But eknowledge is easy to him who understands.

7 Go from the presence of a foolish man,

When you do not perceive in him the lips of fknowledge.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way,

But the folly of fools is deceit.

9 gFools mock at 2sin,

But among the upright there is favor.

10 The heart knows its own bitterness,

And a stranger does not share its joy.

11 hThe house of the wicked will be overthrown,

But the tent of the upright will flourish.

12 iThere is a way that seems right to a man,

But jits end is the way of kdeath.

13 Even in laughter the heart may sorrow,

And lthe end of mirth may be grief.

14 The backslider in heart will be mfilled with his own ways,

But a good man will be satisfied 3from nabove.

15 The simple believes every word,

But the prudent considers well his steps.

16 oA wise man fears and departs from evil,

But a fool rages and is self-confident.

17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,

And a man of wicked intentions is hated.

18 The simple inherit folly,

But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil will bow before the good,

And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 pThe poor man is hated even by his own neighbor,

But 4the rich has many qfriends.

21 He who despises his neighbor sins;

rBut he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?

But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

23 In all labor there is profit,

But 5idle chatter leads only to poverty.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches,

But the foolishness of fools is folly.

25 A true witness 6delivers ssouls,

But a deceitful witness speaks lies.

26 In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,

And His children will have a place of refuge.

27 tThe fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

To turn one away from the snares of death.

28 In a multitude of people is a king’s honor,

But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.

29 uHe who is slow to wrath has great understanding,

But he who is 7impulsive exalts folly.

30 A sound heart is life to the body,

But venvy is wrottenness to the bones.

31 xHe who oppresses the poor reproaches yhis Maker,

But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.

32 The wicked is banished in his wickedness,

But zthe righteous has a refuge in his death.

33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding,

But awhat is in the heart of fools is made known.

34 Righteousness exalts a bnation,

But sin is a 8reproach to any people.

35 cThe king’s favor is toward a wise servant,

But his wrath is against him who causes shame.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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