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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.
The heart knows its own bitterness,
And no stranger shares its joy.
The house of the wicked will be overthrown,
But the tent of the upright will thrive.
There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
But its end is the way of death.
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the end of joy may be grief.
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].
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.
A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil,
But the fool is arrogant and careless.
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly and without self-control,
And a man of wicked schemes is hated.
The naive [are unsophisticated and easy to exploit and] inherit foolishness,
But the sensible [are thoughtful and far-sighted and] are crowned with knowledge.
The evil will bow down before the good,
And the wicked [will bow down] at the gates of the righteous.
The poor man is hated even by his neighbor,
But those who love the rich are many.
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.
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.
In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty.
The crown of the wise is their wealth [of wisdom],
But the foolishness of [closed-minded] fools is [nothing but] folly.
A truthful witness saves lives,
But he who speaks lies is treacherous.
In the [reverent] fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will [always] have a place of refuge.
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.
In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,
But in a lack of people is a [pretentious] prince’s ruin.
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].
A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body,
But passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones.
He who oppresses the poor taunts and insults his Maker,
But he who is kind and merciful and gracious to the needy honors Him.
The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing,
But the righteous has hope and confidence and a refuge [with God] even in death.
Wisdom rests [silently] in the heart of one who has understanding,
But what is in the heart of [shortsighted] fools is made known.
Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
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.

New International Reader's Version

Proverbs 14

1A wise woman builds her house.
    But a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.

Whoever has respect for the Lord lives a good life.
    But those who hate him walk down an evil path.

The proud words of a foolish person sting like a whip.
    But the things wise people say keep them safe.

Where there are no oxen, the feed box is empty.
    But a strong ox brings in huge harvests.

An honest witness does not lie.
    But a dishonest witness pours out lies.

Those who make fun of others look for wisdom and don’t find it.
    But knowledge comes easily to those who understand what is right.

Stay away from a foolish person.
    You won’t find knowledge in what they say.

People are wise and understanding when they think about the way they live.
    But people are foolish when their foolish ways trick them.

Foolish people laugh at making things right when they sin.
    But honest people try to do the right thing.

10 Each heart knows its own sadness.
    And no one else can share its joy.

11 The houses of sinners will be destroyed.
    But the tents of honest people will stand firm.

12 There is a way that appears to be right.
    But in the end it leads to death.

13 Even when you laugh, your heart can be hurting.
    And your joy can end in sadness.

14 Those who aren’t faithful will be paid back
    for what they’ve done.
And good people will receive rewards
    for how they’ve lived.

15 A childish person believes anything.
    But a wise person thinks about how they live.

16 A wise person has respect for the Lord and avoids evil.
    But a foolish person has a bad temper and yet feels secure.

17 Anyone who gets angry quickly does foolish things.
    And a person who is tricky is hated.

18 Childish people act in keeping with their foolish ways.
    But knowledge makes wise people feel like kings.

19 Evil people will bow down in front of good people.
    And those who do wrong will bow down at the gates of those who do right.

20 Poor people are avoided even by their neighbors.
    But rich people have many friends.

21 It is a sin to hate your neighbor.
    But blessed is the person who is kind to those in need.

22 Those who plan evil go down the wrong path.
    But those who plan good find love and truth.

23 All hard work pays off.
    But if all you do is talk, you will be poor.

24 The wealth of wise people is their crown.
    But the foolish ways of foolish people lead to what is foolish.

25 An honest witness saves lives.
    But a dishonest witness tells lies.

26 Anyone who shows respect for the Lord has a strong tower.
    It will be a safe place for their children.

27 Respect for the Lord is like a fountain that gives life.
    It turns you away from the jaws of death.

28 A large population is a king’s glory.
    But a prince without followers is destroyed.

29 Anyone who is patient has great understanding.
    But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish they are.

30 A peaceful heart gives life to the body.
    But jealousy rots the bones.

31 Anyone who crushes poor people makes fun of their Maker.
    But anyone who is kind to those in need honors God.

32 When trouble comes, sinners are brought down.
    But godly people seek safety in God even as they die.

33 Wisdom rests in the hearts of those who understand what is right.
    And even among foolish people she makes herself known.

34 Doing what is right lifts people up.
    But sin brings judgment to any nation.

35 A king is pleased with a wise servant.
    But a servant who is full of shame stirs up the king’s anger.