The wisest of women builds her house,
But folly tears it down with its own hands.
He who maintains his integrity fears the LORD;
A man of devious ways scorns Him.
In the mouth of a fool is a rod of haughtiness,
But the lips of the wise protect them.
If there are no oxen the crib is clean,
But a rich harvest comes through the strength of the ox.
An honest witness will not lie;
A false witness testifies lies.
A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
But knowledge comes easily to the intelligent man.
Keep your distance from a dullard,
For you will not learn wise speech.
It is the wisdom of a clever man to understand his course;
But the stupidity of the dullard is delusion.
Reparations mediate between fools,
Between the upright, good will.
The heart alone knows its bitterness,
And no outsider can share in its joy.
The house of the wicked will be demolished,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
A road may seem right to a man,
But in the end it is a road to death.
The heart may ache even in laughter,
And joy may end in grief.
An unprincipled man reaps the fruits of his ways;
aTaking ‘al as from ‘ll; cf. Hos. 12.3.A good man, of his deeds.-a
A simple person believes anything;
A clever man ponders his course.
A wise man is diffident and shuns evil,
But a dullard rushes in confidently.
An impatient man commits folly;
A man of intrigues will be hated.
Folly is the lot of the simple,
But clever men bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.glory in knowledge.-b
Evil men are brought low before the good,
So are the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
A pauper is despised even by his peers,
But a rich man has many friends.
He who despises his fellow is wrong;
He who shows pity for the lowly is happy.
Surely those who plan evil go astray,
While those who plan good earn steadfast love.
From all toil there is some gain,
But idle chatter is pure loss.
The ornament of the wise is their wealth;
The stupidity of dullards is stupidity.
A truthful witness saves lives;
He who testifies lies [spreads] deceit.
Fear of the LORD is a stronghold,
A refuge for a man’s children.
Fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
Enabling one to avoid deadly snares.
A numerous people is the glory of a king;
Without a nation a ruler is ruined.
Patience results in much understanding;
Impatience gets folly as its portion.
A calm disposition gives bodily health;
Passion is rot to the bones.
He who withholds what is due to the poor affronts his Maker;
He who shows pity for the needy honors Him.
The wicked man is felled by his own evil;
The righteous man finds security in his death.
Wisdom rests quietly in the mind of a prudent man,
But among dullards it makes itself known.
Righteousness exalts a nation;
Sin is a reproach to any people.
The king favors a capable servant;
He rages at an incompetent one.