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.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 14

1知恵のある女は自分の家を建て、
愚かな女は自分の家を自分で壊します。
正しいこととは主をたたえること、
罪を犯すことは主をさげすむことです。
高慢な者はむだ口をたたいて自分の尊厳を傷つけ、
知恵のある人は役に立つことを語って
人から尊敬されます。
働かなければ、
手を汚さない代わりに収入もありません。
真実な証人はうそをつかず、
偽りの証人はうそを語ります。
人をさげすむ者に知恵は寄りつかず、
思慮のある人には、知恵のほうからやって来ます。
正しい忠告をもらいたいなら、
愚か者を相手にしてはなりません。
知恵のある人は先を見越し、
愚か者は自分をごまかして事実を直視しません。
神の教えに背く者たちは過ちを犯し、
神を恐れる者たちは人を思いやります。
10 悲しみも喜びも、真にわかるのはその人自身で、
他の人が完全に共有することはできません。
11 悪者の働きは失敗し、
神を恐れる人だけが成功します。
12 だれでも、広く歩きやすい道が正しい道と考えますが、
それは死に通じる道です。
13 笑っても苦しみは隠せません。
笑ったあと、悲しみがそのまま残っています。
14 信仰をなくした人は自分に嫌気がさしますが、
神を恐れる人の生活には活気があります。
15 わきまえのない人は言われたことを鵜呑みにし、
慎重な人は将来をよく考えて行動します。
16 賢い人は用心深く危険を避け、
愚か者は自信満々につき進みます。
17 短気な人は愚かなことをし、
忍耐強い人をきらいます。
18 愚か者は愚かさを報いとして得ますが、
賢い人は知識を得ます。
19 悪人は、いつかは神を恐れる人に
頭を下げることになります。
20 貧しい人は隣近所にさえ相手にされず、
金持ちは友に不自由しません。
21 貧しい人を軽蔑してはいけません。
貧しい人に親切にすれば、自分も幸せになります。
22 悪いことを企む者は道に迷い、
良いことを計画する人は神に愛されて安全です。
23 まじめに働けば収入は増え、
むだ話ばかりしていると貧しくなります。
24 知恵のある人は知恵をほめられ、
愚か者は愚かさを軽蔑されます。
25 真実を言う証人は
無実の罪をはらしてくれますが、
偽りの証人は平気で人を裏切ります。
26 神を恐れる人は頑健で、
子どもたちは安心して、その人に頼ります。
27 主を恐れることはいのちの泉です。
その水を飲めば生きる力がわいてきます。
28 民が増えるのは王にとって栄光であり、
民が減るのは王座の揺らぐしるしです。
29 利口な人は腹を立てるのは愚かだと知っているので、
自分の感情を抑えます。
30 心がおおらかだと長生きし、
激しやすい人は寿命を縮めます。
31 貧しい人をいじめるのは、
その人たちを造った神をさげすむこと、
貧しい人を助けるのは神をほめたたえることです。
32 神を信じる人には、
死ぬ時にも心の拠り所がありますが、
悪者は罪に押しつぶされます。
33 知恵は聡明な人の心に住み、
愚か者がそれを聞くには
大声で叫ばなければなりません。
34 神を敬うことは国を高め、
罪は民をおとしめます。
35 やるべきことを心得ている召使は王に好かれ、
やっかいな召使は王の怒りを買います。