14 1A wise woman builds her house. But a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands. 2An honest person has respect for the Lord. But a person whose paths are crooked hates him. 3Foolish people are punished for what they say. But the things wise people say keep them safe. 4Where there are no oxen, the feed box is empty. But a strong ox brings in a great harvest. 5An honest witness does not lie. But a dishonest witness pours out lies. 6Those who make fun of others look for wisdom and don’t find it. But knowledge comes easily to those who understand what is right. 7Stay away from a foolish man. You won’t find knowledge in what he says. 8People are wise and understanding when they think about the way they live. But people are foolish when their foolish ways trick them. 9Foolish people laugh at making things right when they sin. But honest people try to do the right thing. 10Each heart knows its own sadness. And no one else can share its joy. 11The houses of sinners will be destroyed. But the tents of honest people will stand firm. 12There is a way that may seem right to a man. But in the end it leads to death. 13Even when you laugh, your heart can be hurting. And your joy can end in sadness. 14Those who aren’t faithful will be paid back for what they’ve done. And good men will receive rewards for how they’ve lived. 15A childish person believes anything. But a wise person thinks about how he lives. 16A wise person has respect for the Lord and avoids evil. But a foolish person gets mad and is thoughtless. 17Anyone who gets angry quickly does foolish things. And a man who is tricky is hated. 18Childish people act in keeping with their foolish ways. But knowledge makes wise people feel like kings. 19Evil people will bow down in front of good people. And those who do wrong will bow down at the gates of those who do right. 20Poor people are avoided even by their neighbors. But rich people have many friends. 21Anyone who hates his neighbor commits sin. But blessed is the person who is kind to those in need. 22Those who plan evil go down the wrong path. But those who plan good find love and truth. 23All hard work pays off. But if all you do is talk, you will be poor. 24The wealth of wise people is their crown. But the foolish ways of foolish people lead to what is foolish. 25An honest witness saves lives. But a dishonest witness tells lies. 26Anyone who shows respect for the Lord has a strong tower. It will be a safe place for his children. 27Respect for the Lord is like a fountain that gives life. It turns you away from the jaws of death. 28A large population is a king’s glory. But a prince without followers is destroyed. 29Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is. 30A peaceful heart gives life to the body. But jealousy rots the bones. 31Anyone who crushes poor people makes fun of their Maker. But anyone who is kind to those in need honors God. 32When trouble comes, sinners are brought down. But godly people have a safe place even when they die. 33Wisdom rests in the hearts of those who understand what is right. And even among foolish people she makes herself known. 34Doing what is right lifts people up. But sin brings shame to any nation. 35A king is pleased with a wise servant. But a servant who is full of shame invites the king’s anger.
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