Amplified Bible

Proverbs 14

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1The wise woman builds her house [on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives],
But the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands [by ignoring godly principles].

He who walks in uprightness [reverently] fears the Lord [and obeys and worships Him with profound respect],
But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.

In the mouth of the [arrogant] [a]fool [who rejects God] is a rod for his back,
But the lips of the wise [when they speak with godly wisdom] will protect them.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
But much revenue [because of good crops] comes by the strength of the ox.

A faithful and trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a false witness speaks lies.

A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none [for his ears are closed to wisdom],
But knowledge is easy for one who understands [because he is willing to learn].

Leave the presence of a [shortsighted] fool,
For you will not find knowledge or hear godly wisdom from his lips.

The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But the foolishness of [shortsighted] fools is deceit.

Fools mock sin [but sin mocks the fools],
But among the upright there is good will and the favor and blessing of God.
10 
The heart knows its own bitterness,
And no stranger shares its joy.
11 
The house of the wicked will be overthrown,
But the tent of the upright will thrive.
12 
There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
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 with his own [rotten] ways,
But a good man will be satisfied with his ways [the godly thought and action which his heart pursues and in which he delights].
15 
The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears,
But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going.
16 
A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil,
But the fool is arrogant and careless.
17 
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly and without self-control,
And a man of wicked schemes is hated.
18 
The naive [are unsophisticated and easy to exploit and] inherit foolishness,
But the sensible [are thoughtful and far-sighted and] are crowned with knowledge.
19 
The evil will bow down before the good,
And the wicked [will bow down] at the gates of the righteous.
20 
The poor man is hated even by his neighbor,
But those who love the rich are many.
21 
He who despises his neighbor sins [against God and his fellow man],
But happy [blessed and favored by God] is he who is gracious and merciful to the poor.
22 
Do they not go astray who devise evil and wander from the way of righteousness?
But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
23 
In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 
The crown of the wise is their wealth [of wisdom],
But the foolishness of [closed-minded] fools is [nothing but] folly.
25 
A truthful witness saves lives,
But he who speaks lies is treacherous.
26 
In the [reverent] fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will [always] have a place of refuge.
27 
The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that leads to obedience and worship] is a fountain of life,
So that one may avoid the snares of death.
28 
In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,
But in a lack of people is a [pretentious] prince’s ruin.
29 
He who is slow to anger has great understanding [and profits from his self-control],
But he who is quick-tempered exposes and exalts his foolishness [for all to see].
30 
A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body,
But passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones.
31 
He who oppresses the poor taunts and insults his Maker,
But he who is kind and merciful and gracious to the needy honors Him.
32 
The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing,
But the righteous has hope and confidence and a refuge [with God] even in death.
33 
Wisdom rests [silently] in the heart of one who has understanding,
But what is in the heart of [shortsighted] fools is made known.
34 
Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 
The king’s favor and good will are toward a servant who acts wisely and discreetly,
But his anger and wrath are toward him who acts shamefully.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 14:3 See note 1:7.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

箴言 14

1智慧的女子建立家園,
    愚昧的女子親手拆毀。
行為正直的人敬畏耶和華,
    行事邪僻的人輕視耶和華。
愚人的狂言招來鞭打,
    智者的唇舌保護自己。
沒有耕牛槽頭淨,
    五穀豐登需壯牛。
忠實的證人不會撒謊,
    虛假的證人謊話連篇。
嘲諷者徒然尋智慧,
    明哲人輕易得知識。
你要遠離愚昧人,
    他口中毫無知識。
明哲憑智慧辨道,
    愚人被愚昧欺騙。
愚妄人戲看罪惡,
    正直人彼此恩待。
10 心頭的愁苦,唯有自己明白;
    心中的喜樂,外人無法分享。
11 惡人的房屋必遭毀滅,
    正直人的帳篷必興盛。
12 有的路看似正確,
    最終卻通向死亡。
13 歡笑難消內心的痛苦,
    歡樂過後,悲傷猶在。
14 背棄正道,自食惡果;
    善人行善,必得善報。
15 愚昧人什麼都信,
    明哲人步步謹慎。
16 智者小心謹慎,遠離惡事;
    愚人驕傲自負,行事魯莽。
17 急躁易怒的人做事愚昧,
    陰險奸詐之人遭人痛恨。
18 愚昧人得愚昧作產業,
    明哲人得知識為冠冕。
19 壞人俯伏在善人面前,
    惡人俯伏在義人門口。
20 窮人遭鄰舍厭,
    富人朋友眾多。
21 藐視鄰舍是罪過,
    憐憫窮人蒙福樂。
22 圖謀惡事的步入歧途,
    行善的受愛戴和擁護。
23 殷勤工作,帶來益處;
    滿嘴空談,導致貧窮。
24 智者以財富為冠冕,
    愚人以愚昧為裝飾。
25 誠實的證人挽救性命,
    口吐謊言者欺騙他人。
26 敬畏耶和華的信心堅定,
    他的子孫也有庇護所。
27 敬畏耶和華是生命的泉源,
    可以使人避開死亡的陷阱。
28 人民眾多,是君王的榮耀;
    沒有臣民,君主必然敗亡。
29 不輕易發怒者深明事理,
    魯莽急躁的人顯出愚昧。
30 心平氣和,滋潤生命;
    妒火中燒,啃蝕骨頭。
31 欺壓窮人等於侮辱造物主,
    憐憫貧弱就是尊敬造物主。
32 惡人因惡行而滅亡,
    義人到死仍有倚靠。
33 智慧存在哲士心裡,
    愚人心中充滿無知。
34 公義能叫邦國興盛,
    罪惡是人民的恥辱。
35 明智的臣子蒙王喜悅,
    可恥的僕人惹王發怒。