1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
1 Every wise woman builds up her household, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
1 The 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].
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
2 Someone whose conduct is upright fears the LORD, but whoever is devious in his ways despises him.
2 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.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
3 What a fool says brings a rod to his back, but the words of the wise protect them.
4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
4 Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but profits come through the strength of the ox.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,But much revenue [because of good crops] comes by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
5 A trustworthy witness does not deceive, but a false witness spews lies.
5 A faithful and trustworthy witness will not lie,But a false witness speaks lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.
6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
6 A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn’t find it,but knowledge comes easily to the perceptive.
6 A mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but learning comes easily to someone who understands.
6 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].
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find competent advice.
7 Leave the presence of a [shortsighted] fool,For you will not find knowledge or hear godly wisdom from his lips.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
8 The sensible man’s wisdom is to consider his way,but the stupidity of fools deceives them.
8 The wisdom of the prudent helps him know how to live, but a fool's stupidity deceives him.
8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,But the foolishness of [shortsighted] fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
9 Fools make fun of guilt, but among the upright there are good intentions.
10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,and no outsider shares in its joy.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness an outsider cannot share in its joy.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,And no stranger shares its joy.
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown,But the tent of the upright will thrive.
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
12 There is a pathway that seems right to a man, but in the end it's a road to death.
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 is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
13 Even in laughter there may be heartache, and at the end of joy there may be grief.
13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,And the end of joy may be grief.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
14 The faithless one will pay for his behavior, but a good man will be rewarded for his.
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 simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
15 An unthinking person believes everything, but the prudent one thinks before acting.
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 feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
16 The wise person fears and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and overconfident.
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 a man of evil devices is hated.
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
17 A quick tempered person does foolish things, and a devious man is hated.
17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly and without self-control,And a man of wicked schemes is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
18 The inexperienced inherit foolishness,but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
18 The naive inherit folly, but the careful are crowned with knowledge.
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 bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
19 The evil bow before those who are good,the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.
19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of good men and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
19 The evil will bow down before the good,And the wicked [will bow down] at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
20 The poor person is shunned by his neighbor, but many are the friends of the wealthy.
20 The poor man is hated even by his neighbor,But those who love the rich are many.
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
21 Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.
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 err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
22 Won't those who plot evil go astray? But gracious love and truth are for those who plan what is good.
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 labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
23 In hard work there is always profit, but too much chattering leads to poverty.
23 In all labor there is profit,But mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,but the foolishness of fools produces foolishness.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the stupidity of fools is just that stupidity!
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth [of wisdom],But the foolishness of [closed-minded] fools is [nothing but] folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
25 A truthful witness saves lives, but the person who lies is deceitful.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,But he who speaks lies is treacherous.
26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
26 Rock-solid security is found in the fear of the LORD, and within it one's children find refuge.
26 In the [reverent] fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,And His children will [always] have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, enabling anyone to escape the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin.
28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
28 A large population is a king’s splendor,but a shortage of people is a ruler’s devastation.
28 A large population is a king's glory, but a shortage of people is a ruler's ruin.
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 that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
29 Being slow to get angry compares to great understanding as being quick-tempered compares to stupidity.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
30 A tranquil mind brings life to one's body, but jealousy causes one's bones to rot.
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 that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
31 Whoever oppresses the poor defies their Creator, but whoever is kind to the needy honors them.
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
32 The wicked person is thrown down by his own wrongdoing, but the righteous person has a place of safety in death.
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 resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
33 Wisdom is at rest in the mind of the discerning even fools know this.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,But sin is a disgrace to any people.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
34 Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin diminishes any people.
34 Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation,But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
35 The king approves the wise servant, but he is angry at anyone who acts shamefully.
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