Proverbs 14:1-35 NLT

Proverbs 14:1-35 NLT [1] A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. [2] Those who follow the right path fear the LORD; those who take the wrong path despise him. [3] A fool's proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe. [4] Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. [5] An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies. [6] A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding. [7] Stay away from fools, for you won't find knowledge on their lips. [8] The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves. [9] Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. [10] Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy. [11] The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish. [12] There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. [13] Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. [14] Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward. [15] Only simpletons believe everything they're told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. [16] The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. [17] Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated. [18] Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. [19] Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly. [20] The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many "friends." [21] It is a sin to belittle one's neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor. [22] If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. [23] Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! [24] Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness. [25] A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor. [26] Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. [27] Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. [28] A growing population is a king's glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. [29] People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. [30] A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. [31] Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. [32] The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die. [33] Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools. [34] Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. [35] A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.

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