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Proverbs 14 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Contrast of the Upright and the Wicked

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:1 - The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:2 - One who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD,
But one who is devious in his ways despises Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:3 - In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back,
But the lips of the wise will protect them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:4 - Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean;
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:5 - A trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a false witness declares lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:6 - A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy for one who has understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:7 - Leave the presence of a fool,
Or you will not [fn]discern [fn]words of knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:8 - The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:9 - Fools mock at [fn]sin,
But among the upright there is [fn]goodwill.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:10 - The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:11 - The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:12 - There is a way which seems right to a person,
But its end is the way of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:13 - Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the end of joy may be grief.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:14 - One with a wayward heart will have his fill of his own ways,
But a good person will be satisfied [fn]with his.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:15 - The naive believes everything,
But the sensible person considers his steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:16 - A wise person [fn]is cautious and turns away from evil,
But a fool is arrogant and careless.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:17 - A quick-tempered person acts foolishly,
And a person of evil devices is hated.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:18 - The naive inherit foolishness,
But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:19 - The evil will bow down before the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:20 - The poor is hated even by his neighbor,
But those who love the rich are many.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:21 - One who despises his neighbor sins,
But one who is gracious to the [fn]poor is blessed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:22 - Will they who devise evil not go astray?
But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:23 - In all labor there is profit,
But [fn]mere talk leads only to poverty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:24 - The crown of the wise is their riches,
But the foolishness of fools is simply foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:25 - A truthful witness saves lives,
But one who declares lies is [fn]deceitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:26 - In [fn]the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
And [fn]his children will have refuge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:27 - [fn]The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
By which one may avoid the snares of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:28 - In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,
But in the scarcity of people is a prince’s ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:29 - One who is slow to anger has great understanding;
But one who is [fn]quick-tempered exalts foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:30 - A tranquil heart is life to the body,
But jealousy is rottenness to the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:31 - One who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker,
But one who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:32 - The wicked is thrust down by his own wrongdoing,
But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:33 - Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
But among fools it is made known.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:35 - The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely,
But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit know
Lit lips
Lit guilt
Or the favor of God
Lit from himself
Lit fears
Or afflicted
Lit word of lips
Lit a fraud
Or reverence for
Or His
Or Reverence for
Lit short of spirit

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