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14 eThe wisest of women fbuilds her house,

but folly with her own hands gtears it down.

Whoever hwalks in uprightness fears the Lord,

but he who is idevious in his ways despises him.

By the mouth of a fool comes ja rod for his back,1

kbut the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,

but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

lA faithful witness does not lie,

but ma false witness breathes out lies.

nA scoffer seeks wisdom oin vain,

but pknowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Leave the presence of a fool,

for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

but the folly of fools is deceiving.

qFools mock at the guilt offering,

but the upright enjoy acceptance.2

10  The heart knows its own rbitterness,

and no stranger shares its joy.

11  sThe house of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent of the upright will flourish.

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

but uits end is the way to death.3

13  Even in laughter the heart may ache,

and vthe end of joy may be wgrief.

14  The backslider in heart will be xfilled with the fruit of his ways,

and ya good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

15  zThe simple believes everything,

but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

16  aOne who is wise is cautious4 and bturns away from evil,

but a fool is reckless and careless.

17  A man of cquick temper acts foolishly,

and a man of evil devices is hated.

18  The simple inherit folly,

but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19  dThe evil bow down before the good,

the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20  eThe poor is disliked even by his neighbor,

fbut the rich has many friends.

21  Whoever gdespises his neighbor is a sinner,

but hblessed is he who is generous to the poor.

22  Do they not go astray who idevise evil?

Those who devise good meet5 jsteadfast love and faithfulness.

23  In all toil there is profit,

but mere talk ktends only to poverty.

24  The crown of the wise is their wealth,

but the folly of fools brings folly.

25  A truthful witness saves lives,

but one who lbreathes out lies is deceitful.

26  In the fear of the Lord one has mstrong confidence,

and nhis children will have oa refuge.

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

that one may qturn away from the snares of death.

28  In ra multitude of people is the glory of a king,

but without people a prince is ruined.

29  Whoever is sslow to anger has great understanding,

but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

30  A tranquil6 heart gives tlife to the flesh,

but uenvy7 makes vthe bones rot.

31  Whoever oppresses a poor man winsults his xMaker,

ybut he who is generous to the needy honors him.

32  zThe wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,

but athe righteous finds refuge in his death.

33  Wisdom brests in the heart of a man of understanding,

but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.8

34  Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a reproach to any people.

35  A servant who deals wisely has cthe king’s favor,

but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

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