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Proverbs 14 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:1 - A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:2 - Those who follow the right path fear the LORD;
those who take the wrong path despise him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:3 - A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,
but the words of the wise keep them safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:4 - Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:5 - An honest witness does not lie;
a false witness breathes lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:6 - A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,
but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:7 - Stay away from fools,
for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:8 - The prudent understand where they are going,
but fools deceive themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:9 - Fools make fun of guilt,
but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:10 - Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can fully share its joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:11 - The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the godly will flourish.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:12 - There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:13 - Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:14 - Backsliders get what they deserve;
good people receive their reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:15 - Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
The prudent carefully consider their steps.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:16 - The wise are cautious[fn] and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:17 - Short-tempered people do foolish things,
and schemers are hated.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:18 - Simpletons are clothed with foolishness,[fn]
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:19 - Evil people will bow before good people;
the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:20 - The poor are despised even by their neighbors,
while the rich have many “friends.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:21 - It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor;
blessed are those who help the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:22 - If you plan to do evil, you will be lost;
if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:23 - Work brings profit,
but mere talk leads to poverty!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:24 - Wealth is a crown for the wise;
the effort of fools yields only foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:25 - A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is a traitor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:26 - Those who fear the LORD are secure;
he will be a refuge for their children.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:27 - Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain;
it offers escape from the snares of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:28 - A growing population is a king’s glory;
a prince without subjects has nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:29 - People with understanding control their anger;
a hot temper shows great foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:30 - A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:31 - Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but helping the poor honors him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:32 - The wicked are crushed by disaster,
but the godly have a refuge when they die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:33 - Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart;
wisdom is not[fn] found among fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:34 - Godliness makes a nation great,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 14:35 - A king rejoices in wise servants
but is angry with those who disgrace him.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew The wise fear.
Or inherit foolishness.
As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew lacks not.

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