Proverbs

Proverbs 14 ©

Various observations of moral virtues and their contrary vices.

1

EVERY awise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

a ch. 24.3. Ru. 4.11. 1Ki. 21.21. ch. 12.4.
2

He bthat walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: cbut he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

c Ro. 2.4.
3

In dthe mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise eshall preserve them.

4

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: fbut much increase is by the strength of the ox.

5

A gfaithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

6

A hscorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: ibut knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

7

jGo from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

8

The kwisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: lbut the folly of fools is deceit.

9

mFools make a mock at sin: nbut among the righteous there is favour.

10

The oheart knoweth 1his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

11

The phouse of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the *tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

12

qThere is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

13

Even rin laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

14

The sbackslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: tand a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

15

The usimple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

16

A vwise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool wrageth, and is confident.

w Mat. 14.3,4. ch. 7.22.
17

He that is xsoon angry dealeth foolishly: and ya man of wicked devices is hated.

x Ja. 1.19. v.29. ch. 29.22.
y Es. 3; 7.
18

The zsimple inherit folly: but the prudent are acrowned with knowledge.

a 3Jn. 12. ch. 4.7-9. Phi. 3.8. Jn. 17.3.
19

The bevil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20

The cpoor is hated even of his own neighbour: but 2the rich hath many friends.

c ch. 19.6,7. Mi. 7.5. Job 29; 30.
21

He dthat despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

22

eDo they not err that devise evil? fbut mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

e ch. 6.18; 12.2; 1.31. v.17.
23

In all labour there is profit: gbut the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

24

The hcrown of the wise is their riches: but ithe foolishness of fools is folly.

h v.18,19. ch. 3.9. Ec. 7.11,12.
25

A jtrue witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

j v.5. Ex. 20.16.
26

kIn the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

27

The lfear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

28

In mthe multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

29

He that is nslow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is 3hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

30

A osound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the prottenness of the bones.

31

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

32

The rwicked is driven away in his wickedness: sbut the righteous hath hope in his death.

33

tWisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

34

uRighteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach 4to any people.

35

The vking's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.