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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.

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Proverbios 14

1La mujer sabia edifica su casa;
    la necia, con sus manos la destruye.

El que va por buen camino teme al Señor;
    el que va por mal camino lo desprecia.

De la boca del necio brota arrogancia;
    los labios del sabio son su propia protección.

Donde no hay bueyes, el granero está vacío;
    con la fuerza del buey aumenta la cosecha.

El testigo verdadero jamás engaña;
    el testigo falso propaga mentiras.

El insolente busca sabiduría y no la halla;
    para el entendido, el conocimiento es cosa fácil.

Mantente a distancia del necio,
    pues en sus labios no hallarás conocimiento.

La sabiduría del prudente es discernir sus caminos,
    pero al necio lo engaña su propia necedad.

Los necios hacen mofa de sus propias faltas,
    pero los íntegros cuentan con el favor de Dios.

10 Cada corazón conoce sus propias amarguras,
    y ningún extraño comparte su alegría.

11 La casa del malvado será destruida,
    pero la morada del justo prosperará.

12 Hay caminos que al hombre le parecen rectos,
    pero que acaban por ser caminos de muerte.

13 También de reírse duele el corazón,
    y hay alegrías que acaban en tristeza.

14 El inconstante recibirá todo el pago de su inconstancia;
    el hombre bueno, el premio de sus acciones.

15 El ingenuo cree todo lo que le dicen;
    el prudente se fija por dónde va.

16 El sabio teme al Señor y se aparta del mal,
    pero el necio es arrogante y demasiado confiado.

17 El iracundo comete locuras,
    pero el prudente sabe aguantar.[a]

18 Herencia de los inexpertos es la necedad;
    corona de los prudentes, el conocimiento.

19 Los malvados se postrarán ante los buenos;
    los impíos, ante el tribunal[b] de los justos.

20 Al pobre hasta sus amigos lo aborrecen,
    pero son muchos los que aman al rico.

21 Es un pecado despreciar al prójimo;
    ¡dichoso el que se compadece de los pobres!

22 Pierden el camino los que maquinan el mal,
    pero hallan amor y verdad los que hacen el bien.

23 Todo esfuerzo tiene su recompensa,
    pero quedarse solo en palabras lleva a la pobreza.

24 La corona del sabio es su sabiduría;[c]
    la de los necios, su necedad.

25 El testigo veraz se libra de la muerte,
    pero el testigo falso miente.

26 El temor del Señor es un baluarte seguro
    que sirve de refugio a los hijos.

27 El temor del Señor es fuente de vida,
    y aleja al hombre de las redes de la muerte.

28 Gloria del rey es gobernar a muchos;
    un príncipe sin súbditos está arruinado.

29 El que es paciente muestra gran discernimiento;
    el que es agresivo muestra mucha insensatez.

30 El corazón tranquilo da vida al cuerpo,
    pero la envidia corroe los huesos.

31 El que oprime al pobre ofende a su creador,
    pero honra a Dios quien se apiada del necesitado.

32 El malvado cae por su propia maldad;
    el justo halla refugio en su integridad.[d]

33 En el corazón de los sabios mora la sabiduría,
    pero los necios ni siquiera la conocen.[e]

34 La justicia enaltece a una nación,
    pero el pecado deshonra a todos los pueblos.

35 El rey favorece al siervo inteligente,
    pero descarga su ira sobre el sinvergüenza.

Notas al pie

  1. 14:17 sabe aguantar (LXX); es odiado (TM).
  2. 14:19 ante el tribunal. Lit. ante la puerta.
  3. 14:24 su sabiduría (LXX); su riqueza (TM).
  4. 14:32 en su integridad (LXX y Siríaca); en su muerte (TM).
  5. 14:33 los necios ni siquiera la conocen (LXX y Siríaca); los necios la conocen (TM).