The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 14:1–35

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Every wise woman buildeth her house; but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Wise women build houses: but a foolish one digs hers down with her hands.

A wise woman builds up her household. But a foolish one will pull down with her own hands what has been built up.

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He that walketh in his uprightness feareth YHWH; but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth Him.

One who walks on a virtuous journey, and who fears God, is despised by him who advances along a disreputable way.

He who walks in uprightness has reverence for the LORD; but he who is perverse in his ways despises him.

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In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride; but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Out of the mouth of fools comes a rod of pride; but the lips of the wise preserve them.

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Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty. But where there are many crops, there the strength of the ox is manifest.

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A faithful witness will not lie; but a false witness breatheth forth lies.

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A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not; but knowledge is easy unto him that hath discernment.

Thou shalt seek wisdom with bad men, and shalt not find it; but discretion is easily available with the prudent.

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Go from the presence of a foolish man, for thou wilt not perceive the lips of knowledge.

All things are adverse to a foolish man; but wise lips are the weapons of discretion.

Go against a foolish man, and he does not acknowledge lips of prudence.

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The wisdom of the prudent is to look well to his way; but the folly of fools is deceit.

The wisdom of a discerning man is to understand his way. And the imprudence of the foolish is to be wandering astray.

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Amends pleadeth for fools; but among the upright there is good will.

The houses of transgressors will need purification; but the houses of the just are acceptable.

The foolish will speak mockingly of sin. But grace lingers among the just.

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10  The heart knoweth its own bitterness; and with its joy no stranger can intermeddle.

10  If a man’s mind is intelligent, his soul is sorrowful; and when he rejoices, he has no fellowship with pride.

10  Fools commit sins; but the children of the upright have good will.

11  The house of the wicked shall be overthrown; but the tent of the upright shall flourish.

11  The houses of ungodly men shall be utterly destroyed; but the tabernacles of them that walk uprightly shall stand.

11  A heart which has understanding knows its own bitterness; and a stranger does not share in its joy. The house of the wicked shall be destroyed; but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

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12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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13  Even in laughter the heart acheth; and the end of mirth is heaviness.

13  Grief mingles not with mirth; and joy in the end comes to grief.

13  Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning occupies the limits of joy.

14  The dissembler in heart shall have his fill from his own ways; and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

14  A stout-hearted man shall be filled with his own ways; and a good man with his own thoughts.

14  The foolish will be filled up by his own ways. And the good man shall be above him.

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15  The thoughtless believeth every word; but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

15  The simple believes every word: but the prudent man betakes himself to after-thought.

15  The innocent trust every word. The astute one considers his own steps. Nothing good will be for the deceitful son. But the wise servant shall act prosperously and his way will be set in order.

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16  A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; but the fool behaveth overbearingly, and is confident.

16  The wise fear, and so turn away from evil. The foolish leap ahead with confidence.

16  A wise man is cautious, and departs from evil; but the fool tampers with it confidently.

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17  He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly; and a man of wicked devices is hated.

17  A passionate man acts inconsiderately; but a sensible man bears up under many things.

17  A man hasty in whatever he does never seeks counsel; but a wise man is moderate.

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18  The thoughtless come into possession of folly; but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

18  The childish will possess foolishness, and the discerning will anticipate knowledge.

18  Fools inherit folly; but the prudent dispense knowledge.

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19  The evil bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

19  Evil men shall fall before the good; and the ungodly shall attend at the gates of the righteous.

19  The evil will fall down before the good. And the impious will fall down before the gates of the just.

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20  The poor is hated even of his own neighbour; but the rich hath many friends.

20  Friends will hate poor friends; but the friends of the rich are many.

20  The pauper will be hated, even by his own neighbor. Yet truly, the friends of the wealthy are many.

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21  He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth; but he that is gracious unto the humble, happy is he.

21  Whoever despises his neighbor, sins. But whoever pities the poor shall be blessed. Whoever trusts in the Lord loves mercy.

21  He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

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22  Shall they not go astray that devise evil? But mercy and truth shall be for them that devise good.

22  They that go astray devise evils: but the good devise mercy and truth. The framers of evil do not understand mercy and truth: but compassion and faithfulness are with the framers of good.

22  They wander astray who work evil. But mercy and truth prepare good things.

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23  In all labour there is profit; but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

23  With every one who is careful there is abundance: but the pleasure-taking and indolent shall be in want.

23  In all your labor there is profit; but he who is young is carefree and at ease. The LORD heals every wound; but the talk of the lips of the wicked tends only to poverty.

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24  The crown of the wise is their riches; but the folly of fools remaineth folly.

24  A prudent man is the crown of the wise: but the occupation of fools is evil.

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25  A true witness delivereth souls; but he that breatheth forth lies is all deceit.

25  A faithful witness shall deliver a soul from evil: but a deceitful man kindles falsehoods.

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26  In the fear of YHWH a man hath strong confidence; and his children shall have a place of refuge.

26  In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and he leaves his children a support.

26  in reverence for the LORD is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge.

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27  The fear of YHWH is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

27  The commandment of the Lord is a fountain of life; and it causes men to turn aside from the snare of death.

27  Reverence for the LORD is a fountain of life to those who turn away from the snares of death.

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28  In the multitude of people is the king's glory; but in the want of people is the ruin of the prince.

28  In a populous nation is the glory of a king: but in the failure of people is the ruin of a prince.

28  In a multitude of people, there is dignity for the king. And in a paucity of people, there is disgrace for the prince.

29  He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

29  A man slow to wrath abounds in wisdom: but a man of impatient spirit is very foolish.

29  Whoever is patient is governed by much prudence. But whoever is impatient exalts his foolishness.

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30  A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; but envy is the rottenness of the bones.

30  A meek-spirited man is a healer of the heart: but a sensitive heart is a corruption of the bones.

30  He who cools down his anger is a healer of his own heart; but wrath is the rottenness of the bones.

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31  He that oppresseth the poor blasphemeth his Maker; but he that is gracious unto the needy honoureth Him.

31  Whoever slanders the indigent argues against his Maker. But he who has compassion on the poor honors his Maker.

31  He who oppresses the poor provokes his Maker; but he who honors the LORD has mercy on the needy.

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32  The wicked is thrust down in his misfortune; but the righteous, even when he is brought to death, hath hope.

32  The ungodly shall be driven away in his wickedness: but he who is secure in his own holiness is just.

32  The impious will be expelled in his malice. But the just finds hope even in his own death.

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33  In the heart of him that hath discernment wisdom resteth; but in the inward part of fools it maketh itself known.

33  There is wisdom in the good heart of a man: but in the heart of fools it is not discerned.

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34  Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.

34  Justice elevates a nation. But sin makes the peoples miserable.

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35  The king's favour is toward a servant that dealeth wisely; but his wrath striketh him that dealeth shamefully.

35  An understanding servant is acceptable to a king; and by his good behaviour he removes disgrace.