King James Bible

Proverbs 14:1-35

The wise and the foolish contrasted

"1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

“2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but [he that is] perverse in his ways despiseth him.”

“3 In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.”

“4 Where no oxen [are], the crib [is] clean: but much increase [is] by the strength of the ox.”

“5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.”

“6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.”

“7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not [in him] the lips of knowledge.”

“8 The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.”

“9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.”

“10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.”

“11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.”

“12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.”

“13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth [is] heaviness.”

“14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself.”

“15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.”

“16 A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.”

“17 [He that is] soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.”

“18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”

“19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.”

“20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich [hath] many friends.”

“21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy [is] he.”

“22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good.”

“23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to penury.”

“24 The crown of the wise [is] their riches: [but] the foolishness of fools [is] folly.”

“25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful [witness] speaketh lies.”

“26 In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”

“28 In the multitude of people [is] the king’s honour: but in the want of people [is] the destruction of the prince.”

“29 [He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”

“30 A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”

“31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.”

“32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.”

“33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but [that which is] in the midst of fools is made known.”

“34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people. 35 The king’s favour [is] toward a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.” (Proverbs 14:1-35 AV)

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