Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1 The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her
2 He who walks in his uprightness fears
But he who is devious in his ways despises
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for
But the lips of the wise will protect them.
4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength
of the ox.
5 A trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a false witness utters lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has
7 Leave the presence of a fool,
Or you will not discern words of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand
But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
9 Fools mock at sin,
But among the upright there is good will.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the end of joy may be grief.
14 The backslider in heart will have his fill of
his own ways,
But a good man will be satisfied with his.
15 The naive believes everything,
But the sensible man considers his steps.
16 A wise man is cautious and turns away
But a fool is arrogant and careless.
17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
And a man of evil devices is hated.
18 The naive inherit foolishness,
But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil will bow down before the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even by his neighbor,
But those who love the rich are many.
21 He who despises his neighbor sins,
But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
22 Will they not go astray who devise evil?
But kindness and truth will be to those who
23 In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches,
But the folly of fools is foolishness.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
But he who utters lies is treacherous.
26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong
And his children will have refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain
That one may avoid the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is a king's glory,
But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.
29 He who is slow to anger has great
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
30 A tranquil heart is life to the body,
But passion is rottenness to the bones.
31 He who oppresses the poor taunts his
But he who is gracious to the needy honors
32 The wicked is thrust down by his wrong-
But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has
But in the hearts of fools it is made known.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 The king's favor is toward a servant who
But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
5 A fool rejects his father's discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.
6 Great wealth is in the house of the
But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomina-
tion to the LORD,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination
to the LORD,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
10 Grievous punishment is for him who
forsakes the way;
He who hates reproof will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before
How much more the hearts of men!
12 A scoffer does not love one who
He will not go to the wise.
13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is
14 The mind of the intelligent seeks
But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are bad,
But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
17 Better is a dish of vegetables where
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
19 The way of the lazy is as a hedge of
But the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who lacks sense,
But a man of understanding walks straight.
22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they succeed.
23 A man has joy in an apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise
That he may keep away from Sheol below.
25 The LORD will tear down the house of
But He will establish the boundary of the
26 Evil plans are an abomination to
But pleasant words are pure.
27 He who profits illicitly troubles his
But he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders
how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out
29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Bright eyes gladden the heart;
Good news puts fat on the bones.
31 He whose ear listens to the life-giving
Will dwell among the wise.
32 He who neglects discipline despises
But he who listens to reproof acquires
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction
And before honor comes humility.