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14 Every wise woman builds her house,i

but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.j

Whoever lives with integrity fears the Lord,k

but the one who is devious in his ways despises him.l

3 The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline,B

but the lips of the wise protect them.m

Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty,C

but an abundant harvest comes

through the strength of an ox.

An honest witness does not deceive,

but a dishonest witness utters lies.n

A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn’t find it,

but knowledge comes easily to the perceptive.

Stay away from a foolish person;

you will gain no knowledge from his speech.o

The sensible person’s wisdom is to consider his way,

but the stupidity of fools deceives them.

Fools mock at making reparation,D

but there is goodwill among the upright.

10 The heart knows its own bitterness,

and no outsider shares in its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent of the upright will flourish.p

12 There is a way that seems right to a person,q

but its end is the way to death.r

13 Even in laughter a heart may be sad,

and joy may end in grief.s

14 The disloyal one will get what his conduct deserves,

and a good one, what his deeds deserve.t

15 The inexperienced one believes anything,u

but the sensible one watchesE his steps.

16 A wise person is cautious and turns from evil,v

but a fool is easily angered and is careless.F

17 A quick-tempered person acts foolishly,

and one who schemes is hated.a

18 The inexperienced inherit foolishness,

but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil bow before those who are good,

and the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

20 A poor person is hated even by his neighbor,b

but there are many who love the rich.c

21 The one who despises his neighbor sins,d

but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.e

22 Don’t those who plan evil go astray?f

But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.g

23 There is profit in all hard work,

but endless talkA leads only to poverty.h

24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,

but the foolishness of fools produces foolishness.

25 A truthful witness rescues lives,

but one who utters lies is deceitful.i

26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence

and his children have a refuge.j

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

turning people away from the snares of death.k

28 A large population is a king’s splendor,

but a shortage of people is a ruler’s devastation.

29 A patient person shows great understanding,l

but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.

30 A tranquil heart is life to the body,m

but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.n

31 The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker,o

but one who is kind to the needy honors him.p

32 The wicked one is thrown down by his own sin,q

but the righteous one has a refuge in his death.r

33 Wisdom resides in the heart of the discerning;s

she is knownB even among fools.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a disgrace to any people.t

35 A king favors a prudent servant,u

but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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