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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
14 The truly wise woman has built up her house,+ but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.+ 2 The one walking in his uprightness is fearing Jehovah,+ but the one crooked in his ways is despising Him.+ 3 The rod of haughtiness is in the mouth of the foolish one,+ but the very lips of the wise ones will guard them.+ 4 Where there are no cattle the manger is clean, but the crop is abundant because of the power of a bull. 5 A faithful witness is one that will not lie,+ but a false witness launches forth mere lies.+ 6 The ridiculer has sought to find wisdom, and there is none; but to the understanding one knowledge is an easy thing.+ 7 Go away from in front of the stupid man,+ for you will certainly not take note of the lips of knowledge.+ 8 The wisdom of the shrewd is to understand his way,+ but the foolishness of stupid ones is deception.+ 9 Foolish are those who make a derision of guilt,+ but among the upright ones there is agreement.*+ 10 The heart is aware of the bitterness of one’s soul,+ and with its rejoicing no stranger will intermeddle. 11 The house of wicked people will be annihilated,+ but the tent of the upright ones will flourish.+ 12 There exists a way that is upright before a man,+ but the ways of death are the end of it afterward.+ 13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain;+ and grief is what rejoicing ends up in.+ 14 The one faithless at heart will be satisfied with the results of his own ways,+ but the good man with the results of his dealings.+ 15 Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word,*+ but the shrewd one considers his steps.+ 16 The wise one fears and is turning away from badness,+ but the stupid is becoming furious and self-confident.+ 17 He that is quick to anger will commit foolishness,+ but the man of thinking abilities is hated.+ 18 The inexperienced ones will certainly take possession of foolishness,+ but the shrewd ones will bear knowledge as a headdress.+ 19 Bad people will have to bow down before the good ones,+ and the wicked people at the gates of the righteous one. 20 Even to his fellowman one who is of little means is an object of hatred,+ but many are the friends of the rich person.+ 21 The one despising his own fellowman is sinning,+ but happy is he who is showing favor to the afflicted ones.+ 22 Will not those devising mischief go wandering about?+ But there are loving-kindness* and trueness as regards those devising good.+ 23 By every kind of toil there comes to be an advantage,+ but merely the word of the lips [tends] to want. 24 The crown of the wise is their riches; the foolishness of the stupid ones is foolishness.+ 25 A true witness* is delivering souls,+ but a deceitful one* launches forth mere lies.+ 26 In the fear of Jehovah there is strong confidence,+ and for his sons there will come to be a refuge.+ 27 The fear of Jehovah is a well of life,+ to turn away from the snares of death.+ 28 In the multitude of people there is an adornment of a king,+ but in the lack of population is the ruin of a high official.+ 29 He that is slow to anger is abundant in discernment,+ but one that is impatient* is exalting foolishness.+ 30 A calm heart is the life of the fleshly organism,+ but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.+ 31 He that is defrauding the lowly one has reproached his Maker,+ but the one showing favor to the poor one is glorifying Him.+ 32 Because of his badness the wicked will be pushed down,+ but the righteous will be finding refuge in his integrity.*+ 33 In the heart of the understanding one there rests wisdom,+ and in the midst of stupid ones it becomes known. 34 Righteousness is what exalts a nation,+ but sin is something disgraceful to national groups.+ 35 The pleasure of a king is in the servant who is acting with insight,+ but his fury comes to be toward one acting shamefully.+
^ Or, “approval.”
^ Or, “thing.” Heb., da·var′.
^ Or, “loyal love.”
^ Lit., “A witness of truth.” Heb., ʽedh ʼemeth′.
^ Lit., “a deception,” that is, a witness of deception. Heb., mir·mah′.
^ Lit., “but one that is short of spirit.” Heb., u·qetsar-ru′ach.
^ “Integrity,” by a slight correction of M to agree with LXXSy; M, “death.”