Wisdom Makes Good Sense 14 1A woman's family is held together by her wisdom, but it can be destroyed by her foolishness. 2By living right, you show that you respect the LORD; by being deceitful, you show that you despise him. 3Proud fools are punished for their stupid talk, but sensible talk can save your life. 4Without the help of an ox there can be no crop, but with a strong ox a big crop is possible. 5An honest witness tells the truth; a dishonest witness tells nothing but lies. 6Make fun of wisdom, and you will never find it. But if you have understanding, knowledge comes easily. 7Stay away from fools, or you won't learn a thing. 8Wise people have enough sense to find their way, but stupid fools get lost. 9Fools don't care if they are wrong,[B] but God is pleased when people do right. 10No one else can really know how sad or happy you are. 11The tent of a good person stands longer than the house of someone evil. 12 You may think you are on the right road and still end up dead. 13Sorrow may hide behind laughter, and happiness may end in sorrow. 14You harvest what you plant, whether good or bad. 15Don't be stupid and believe all you hear; be smart and know where you are headed. 16Only a stupid fool is never cautious— so be extra careful and stay out of trouble. 17Fools have quick tempers, and no one likes you if you can't be trusted. 18Stupidity leads to foolishness; be smart and learn. 19The wicked will come crawling to those who obey God. 20You have no friends if you are poor, but you have lots of friends if you are rich. 21It's wrong to hate others, but God blesses everyone who is kind to the poor. 22It's a mistake to make evil plans, but you will have loyal friends if you want to do right. 23Hard work is worthwhile, but empty talk will make you poor. 24Wisdom can make you rich, but foolishness leads to more foolishness. 25An honest witness can save your life, but liars can't be trusted. 26If you respect the LORD, you and your children have a strong fortress 27and a life-giving fountain that keeps you safe from deadly traps. 28Rulers of powerful nations are held in honor; rulers of weak nations are nothing at all. 29It's smart to be patient, but it's stupid to lose your temper. 30It's healthy to be content, but envy can eat you up. 31If you mistreat the poor, you insult your Creator; if you are kind to them, you show him respect. 32In times of trouble the wicked are destroyed, but even at death the innocent have faith.[C] 33Wisdom is found in the minds of people with good sense, but fools don't know it.[D] 34Doing right brings honor to a nation, but sin brings disgrace. 35Kings reward servants who act wisely, but they punish those who act foolishly.
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