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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

  1 The awise woman builds her house,
  But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
  2 He who awalks in his uprightness fears the LORD,
  But he who is bdevious in his ways despises Him.
  3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod Ifor [his] back,
  But athe 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 atrustworthy witness will not lie,
  But a bfalse witness Icutters lies.
  6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and [finds] none,
  But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
  7 Leave the apresence of a fool,
  Or you will not Idiscern IIwords of knowledge.
  8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
  But athe foolishness of fools is deceit.
  9 Fools mock at Isin,
  But aamong the upright there is IIgood will.
  10 The heart knows its own abitterness,
  And a stranger does not share its joy.
  11 The ahouse of the wicked will be destroyed,
  But the tent of the upright will flourish.
  12 There ais a way [which seems] right to a man,
  But its bend is the way of death.
  13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
  And the aend of joy may be grief.
  14 The backslider in heart will have his afill of his own ways,
  But a good man will b[be satisfied] Iwith his.
  15 The Inaive believes everything,
  But the sensible man considers his steps.
  16 A wise man Iis cautious and aturns away from evil,
  But a fool is arrogant and careless.
  17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
  And a man of evil devices is hated.
  18 The Inaive inherit foolishness,
  But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
  19 The aevil will bow down before the good,
  And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
  20 The apoor is hated even by his neighbor,
  But those who love the rich are many.
  21 He who adespises his neighbor sins,
  But bhappy is he who is gracious to the Ipoor.
  22 Will they not go astray who adevise evil?
  But kindness and truth [will be to] those who devise good.
  23 In all labor there is profit,
  But Imere talk [leads] only to poverty.
  24 The acrown of the wise is their riches,
  [But] the folly of fools is foolishness.
  25 A truthful witness saves lives,
  But he who Iautters lies is IItreacherous.
  26 In the Iafear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
  And IIhis children will have refuge.
  27 The Ifear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
  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 aslow to anger has great understanding,
  But he who is Iquick-tempered exalts folly.
  30 A atranquil heart is life to the body,
  But passion is brottenness to the bones.
  31 He awho oppresses the poor taunts bhis Maker,
  But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
  32 The wicked is athrust down by his Iwrongdoing,
  But the brighteous has a refuge when he dies.
  33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
  But in the Ihearts 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 aservant who acts wisely,
  But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

[1] aRu 4:11; Pv 31:10-27
[2] aPv 19:1; 28:6 bPv 2:15
[3] ILit of pride aPv 12:6
[5] ILit breathes out aRv 1:5; 3:14 bEx 23:1; Dt 19:16; Pv 6:19; 12:17 cPv 19:5
[7] ILit know IILit lips aPv 23:9
[8] a1Co 3:19
[9] ILit guilt IIOr the favor of God aPv 3:34; 11:20
[10] a1S 1:10; Jb 21:25
[11] aJb 8:15
[12] aPv 12:15; 16:25 bRo 6:21
[13] aEc 2:1, 2
[14] ILit from himself aPv 1:31; 12:21 bPv 12:14; 18:20
[15] ILit simple
[16] ILit fears aJb 28:28; Ps 34:14; Pv 3:7; 22:3
[18] ILit simple
[19] a1S 2:36; Pv 11:29
[20] aPv 19:7
[21] IOr afflicted aPv 11:12 bPs 41:1; Pv 19:17; 28:8
[22] aPs 36:4; Pv 3:29; 12:2; Mi 2:1
[23] ILit word of lips
[24] aPv 10:22; 13:8; 21:20
[25] ILit breathes out IILit treachery aPv 14:5
[26] IOr reverence IIOr His aPv 18:10; 19:23; Is 33:6
[27] IOr reverence
[29] ILit short of spirit aPv 16:32; 19:11; Ec 7:9; Jm 1:19
[30] aPv 15:13 bPv 12:4; Hab 3:16
[31] aPv 17:5; Mt 25:40; 1 Jn 3:17 bJb 31:15; Pv 22:2
[32] IOr calamity aPv 6:15; 24:16 bGn 49:18; Ps 16:11; 17:15; 37:37; 73:24; 2Co 1:9; 5:8; 2Ti 4:18
[33] ILit inward part
[35] aMt 24:45, 47; 25:21, 23


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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

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.

[1] Ru 4:11; 1K 16:31; 21:24; 2K 11:1; Pv 9:13; 19:13; 21:9, 19; 24:3; 31:10.
[2] 1K 3:6; Jb 1:1; 12:4; 28:28; Ps 25:21; 112:1; 123:3; Pv 11:12; 16:17; 28:6; Ec 12:13; Mal 2:5; Lk 10:16; 16:14; Ac 9:31; 10:22, 35; Ro 2:4; 2Ti 3:2.
[3] 1S 2:3; Jb 5:21; Ps 12:3; 31:18; 52:1; 57:4; Pv 12:6; 18:6; 21:24; 22:8; 28:25; Dn 7:20; Ro 10:9; Jm 3:5; 2P 2:18; Rv 3:10; 12:11; 15:5.
[4] Pv 13:23; Am 4:6; 1Co 9:9.
[5] Ex 20:16; 23:1; 1K 21:13; 22:12; Pv 6:19; 12:17; 13:5; 14:25; 19:5, 9.
[6] Ps 119:18, 98; Pv 8:9; 17:24; 18:2; 26:12; Is 8:20; Jr 8:9; Mt 6:22; 11:25; 13:11; Ro 1:21; 9:31; 1Co 3:18; 8:2; Jm 1:5; 2P 3:3.
[7] Pv 9:6; 13:20; 19:27; 1Co 5:11; Ep 5:11.
[8] Ps 111:10; 119:5, 34, 73; 143:8; Pv 2:9; 8:20; 11:18; Jr 13:20; Lk 12:19; Ep 4:22; 5:17; Col 1:9; 2Ti 3:13, 15; Jm 3:13.
[9] Jb 15:16; 34:7; Pv 1:22; 3:4; 8:35; 10:23; 12:2; 13:15; 26:18; 30:20; Ro 14:17; Jde 1:18.
[10] Gn 42:21; 1S 1:10; 2K 4:27; Jb 6:2; 7:11; 9:18; 10:1; Ps 25:14; Pv 15:13; 18:14; Ezk 3:14; Mk 14:33; Jn 12:27; 14:18, 23; Php 4:7; 1P 1:8; Rv 2:17.
[11] Jb 8:6, 15; 15:34; 18:14, 21; 20:26; 21:28; 27:13; Ps 112:2; 128:3; Pv 3:33; 11:28; 12:7; 21:12, 20; Is 58:11; Zc 5:4; Mt 7:26.
[12] Pv 12:15; 16:25; 30:12; Mt 7:13; Lk 13:24; Ro 6:21; Ga 6:3; Ep 5:6; Jm 1:22.
[13] Pv 5:4; Ec 2:2, 10; 7:5; 11:9; Lk 16:25; Jm 4:9; Rv 18:7.
[14] Pv 1:31, 32; 12:14; 14:10; Jr 2:19; 8:5; 17:5; Ezk 22:31; Ho 4:16; Zp 1:6; Jn 4:14; 2Co 1:12; Ga 6:4, 8; He 3:12; 2P 2:20.
[15] Pv 4:26; 14:8; 22:3; 27:12; Am 5:13; Ac 13:7; Ro 16:18; Ep 4:14; 5:17; 1Jn 4:1.
[16] Gn 33:9; 42:18; 1K 19:2; 20:10, 18; Ne 5:15; Jb 31:21; Ps 119:120; Pv 3:7; 7:22; 16:6, 17; 22:3; 28:14; 29:9; Ec 10:13; Mk 6:17, 24; Jn 9:40; 1Th 5:22.
[17] Es 3:6; 7:5; Pv 6:18; 12:2, 16; 14:29; 15:18; 16:32; 22:24; 29:22; Ec 7:9; Is 32:7; Jr 5:26; Jm 1:19.
[18] Pv 3:35; 4:7; 11:29, 30; Jr 16:19; 44:17; Dn 12:3; Mt 23:29; 2Ti 4:8; 1P 1:18; 5:4.
[19] Gn 42:6; 43:28; Ex 8:8; 9:27; 11:8; 2K 3:12; Es 7:7; Ps 49:14; Is 60:14; Mi 7:9, 16; Mal 4:3; Ac 16:39; Rv 3:9.
[20] Es 3:2; 5:10; Jb 6:21; 19:13; 30:10; Pv 10:15; 19:4, 6, 7.
[21] Jb 31:13; 35:5; Ps 22:24; 41:1; 112:5, 9; Pv 11:12, 24; 14:31; 17:5; 18:3; 19:17; 28:27; Ec 11:1; Is 58:7; Dn 4:27; Mt 25:34; Lk 6:30; 18:9; Ac 20:35; He 6:12; Jm 2:5, 14; 1Jn 3:17.
[22] Gn 24:27; 2Ch 6:8; Ps 25:10; 61:7; Pv 12:2; 14:17; 19:22; Is 32:7; Mt 5:7; Jn 1:17.
[23] Pv 10:10; 12:24; 28:19; Ec 5:3; Jn 6:27; 2Th 3:10; 1Ti 5:13; He 6:10.
[24] Ps 49:10; 112:9; Pv 27:22; Ec 7:11; Is 33:6; Lk 12:19; 16:9, 19.
[25] Pv 14:5; Ac 20:21, 26; 26:16; 1Ti 4:1; 2P 3:3.
[26] Gn 31:42; Ps 34:7; 112:1, 6; 115:13; Pv 3:7, 25; 18:10; 19:23; Ec 7:18; Is 26:20; Jr 15:11; 32:39; Mal 3:16; 4:2; Ac 9:31.
[27] Ps 18:5; Pv 2:10; 13:14; 22:5; Ec 7:26; Is 33:6; Rv 21:6.
[28] Ex 1:12, 22; 1K 4:20; 20:27; 2K 10:32; 13:7.
[29] Nu 12:3; Pv 4:8; 14:17; 15:18; 16:32; 22:24; 25:8, 28; Ec 7:9; 10:6; Dn 3:19; Mt 2:16; 11:29; 1Co 13:4; Jm 1:19; 3:17.
[30] Jb 5:2; Ps 112:10; 119:80; Pv 3:8; 4:23; 12:4; 17:22; Ac 7:9; Ro 1:29; 2Ti 1:7; Jm 4:5.
[31] Jb 31:13; Ps 12:5; Pv 14:21; 17:5; 19:17; 22:2, 16, 22; Ec 5:8; Mt 25:40; Jn 12:8; 2Co 8:7; 1Jn 3:17; 4:21.
[32] Gn 49:18; Jb 13:15; 18:18; 19:25; 27:20; Ps 23:4; 37:37; 58:9; Dn 5:26; Lk 2:29; Jn 8:21, 24; Ro 9:22; 1Co 15:55; 2Co 1:9; 5:8; Php 1:21, 23; 1Th 5:3; 2Ti 4:18; Rv 14:13.
[33] Pv 12:16, 23; 13:16; 15:2, 28; 29:11; Ec 10:3.
[34] Dt 4:6; 28:1, 15; 29:18; Jg 2:6; Ps 107:34; Jr 2:2; Ezk 16:1; 22:1; Ho 13:1.
[35] Ps 101:4; Pv 10:5; 17:2; 19:12, 26; 20:8, 26; 22:11; 25:5; 29:12; Mt 24:45; Lk 12:42.


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