Proverbs 14-15

14The wise woman builds her house,
but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
2Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord,
but one who is devious in conduct despises him.
3The talk of fools is a rod for their backs,
but the lips of the wise preserve them.
4Where there are no oxen, there is no grain;
abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
5A faithful witness does not lie,
but a false witness breathes out lies.
6A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
but knowledge is easy for one who understands.
7Leave the presence of a fool,
for there you do not find words of knowledge.
8It is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go,
but the folly of fools misleads.
9Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy God’s favor.
10The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.
11The house of the wicked is destroyed,
but the tent of the upright flourishes.
12There is a way that seems right to a person,
but its end is the way to death.
13Even in laughter the heart is sad,
and the end of joy is grief.
14The perverse get what their ways deserve,
and the good, what their deeds deserve.
15The simple believe everything,
but the clever consider their steps.
16The wise are cautious and turn away from evil,
but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.
17One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly,
and the schemer is hated.
18The simple are adorned with folly,
but the clever are crowned with knowledge.
19The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20The poor are disliked even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.
21Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,
but happy are those who are kind to the poor.
22Do they not err that plan evil?
Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.
23In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their wisdom,
but folly is the garland of fools.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who utters lies is a betrayer.
26In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
and one’s children will have a refuge.
27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
so that one may avoid the snares of death.
28The glory of a king is a multitude of people;
without people a prince is ruined.
29Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh,
but passion makes the bones rot.
31Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but those who are kind to the needy honor him.
32The wicked are overthrown by their evildoing,
but the righteous find a refuge in their integrity.
33Wisdom is at home in the mind of one who has understanding,
but it is not known in the heart of fools.
34Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
35A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
15A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
3The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5A fool despises a parent’s instruction,
but the one who heeds admonition is prudent.
6In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the minds of fools.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.
10There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way,
but one who hates a rebuke will die.
11Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
how much more human hearts!
12Scoffers do not like to be rebuked;
they will not go to the wise.
13A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
14The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15All the days of the poor are hard,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.
17Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
18Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife,
but those who are slow to anger calm contention.
19The way of the lazy is overgrown with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
20A wise child makes a glad father,
but the foolish despise their mothers.
21Folly is a joy to one who has no sense,
but a person of understanding walks straight ahead.
22Without counsel, plans go wrong,
but with many advisers they succeed.
23To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone,
and a word in season, how good it is!
24For the wise the path of life leads upward,
in order to avoid Sheol below.
25The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
26Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
but gracious words are pure.
27Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households,
but those who hate bribes will live.
28The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.
29The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the body.
31The ear that heeds wholesome admonition
will lodge among the wise.
32Those who ignore instruction despise themselves,
but those who heed admonition gain understanding.
33The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
and humility goes before honor.

From the oremus Bible Browser v2.9.2 30 June 2021.