Young's Literal Translation

Proverbs 14

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman hath builded her house, And the foolish with her hands breaketh it down. Proverbs 14:2 Whoso is walking in his uprightness is fearing Jehovah, And the perverted [in] his ways is despising Him. Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of a fool [is] a rod of pride, And the lips of the wise preserve them. Proverbs 14:4 Without oxen a stall [is] clean, And great [is] the increase by the power of the ox. Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness lieth not, And a false witness breatheth out lies. Proverbs 14:6 A scorner hath sought wisdom, and it is not, And knowledge to the intelligent [is] easy. Proverbs 14:7 Go from before a foolish man, Or thou hast not known the lips of knowledge. Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way, And the folly of fools [is] deceit. Proverbs 14:9 Fools mock at a guilt-offering, And among the upright—a pleasing thing. Proverbs 14:10 The heart knoweth its own bitterness, And with its joy a stranger doth not intermeddle. Proverbs 14:11 The house of the wicked is destroyed, And the tent of the upright flourisheth. Proverbs 14:12 There is a way—right before a man, And its latter end [are] ways of death. Proverbs 14:13 Even in laughter is the heart pained, And the latter end of joy [is] affliction. Proverbs 14:14 From his ways is the backslider in heart filled, And a good man—from his fruits. Proverbs 14:15 The simple giveth credence to everything, And the prudent attendeth to his step. Proverbs 14:16 The wise is fearing and turning from evil, And a fool is transgressing and is confident. Proverbs 14:17 Whoso is short of temper doth folly, And a man of wicked devices is hated. Proverbs 14:18 The simple have inherited folly, And the prudent are crowned [with] knowledge. Proverbs 14:19 The evil have bowed down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. Proverbs 14:20 Even of his neighbour is the poor hated, And those loving the rich [are] many. Proverbs 14:21 Whoso is despising his neighbour sinneth, Whoso is favouring the humble, O his happiness. Proverbs 14:22 Do not they err who are devising evil? And kindness and truth [are] to those devising good, Proverbs 14:23 In all labour there is advantage, And a thing of the lips [is] only to want. Proverbs 14:24 The crown of the wise is their wealth, The folly of fools [is] folly. Proverbs 14:25 A true witness is delivering souls, And a deceitful one breatheth out lies. Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of Jehovah [is] strong confidence, And to His sons there is a refuge. Proverbs 14:27 The fear of Jehovah [is] a fountain of life, To turn aside from snares of death. Proverbs 14:28 In the multitude of a people [is] the honour of a king, And in lack of people the ruin of a prince. Proverbs 14:29 Whoso is slow to anger [is] of great understanding, And whoso is short in temper is exalting folly. Proverbs 14:30 A healed heart [is] life to the flesh, And rottenness to the bones [is] envy. Proverbs 14:31 An oppressor of the poor reproacheth his Maker, And whoso is honouring Him Is favouring the needy. Proverbs 14:32 In his wickedness is the wicked driven away, And trustful in his death [is] the righteous. Proverbs 14:33 In the heart of the intelligent wisdom doth rest. And in the midst of fools it is known. Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation, And the goodliness of peoples [is] a sin-offering. Proverbs 14:35 The favour of a king [is] to a wise servant, And an object of his wrath is one causing shame!

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