Wise People Live Righteously

1 Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

1 Every wise woman builds her house,(A)but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.(B)

1 Every wise woman builds up her household, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

2 He that walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, but he that is perverse in his ways despises him.

2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.

2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

2 Whoever lives with integrity fears the Lord,(C)but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him.(D)

2 Someone whose conduct is upright fears the LORD, but whoever 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 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

3 The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline,(a)but the lips of the wise protect them.(E)

3 What a fool says brings a rod to his back, but the words of the wise protect them.

4 Without oxen, the storehouse is clean, but by the strength of the ox there is abundance of bread.

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 empty,(b)but an abundant harvest comesthrough the strength of an ox.

4 Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but profits come through the strength of the ox.

5 The true witness will not lie, but the false witness will utter lies.

5 A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies.

5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

5 An honest witness does not deceive,but a dishonest witness utters lies.(F)

5 A trustworthy witness does not deceive, but a false witness spews lies.

6 The scorner sought wisdom and found it not, but wisdom comes easy unto him that understands.

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.

7 Go from the presence of the foolish man when thou dost not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

7 Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

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;you will gain no knowledge from his speech.(G)

7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find competent advice.

8 The wisdom of the sane is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

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

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.

9 Fools speak sin unto themselves, but among the righteous there is love.

9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.

9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

9 Fools mock at making restitution,(c)but there is goodwill among the upright.

9 Fools make fun of guilt, but among the upright there are good intentions.

10 The heart knows the bitterness of his soul, and a stranger shall not intermeddle with his joy.

10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

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.

11 The house of the wicked shall be made desolate, but the tent 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 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 stand.(d)(H)

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

12 There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,(I)but its end is the way to death.(J)

12 There is a pathway that seems right to a man, but in the end it's a road to death.

13 Even in laughter, the scorner has pain in his heart, and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.

13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

13 Even in laughter a heart may be sad,and joy may end in grief.(K)

13 Even in laughter there may be heartache, and at the end of joy there may be grief.

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways, and the good man shall be separated from him.

14 The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his.

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

14 The disloyal one will get what his conduct deserves,and a good man, what his deeds deserve.(L)

14 The faithless one will pay for his behavior, but a good man will be rewarded for his.

15 The simple believes every word, but the prudent man understands his steps.

15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

15 The inexperienced one believes anything,(M)but the sensible one watches(e) his steps.

15 An unthinking person believes everything, but the prudent one thinks before acting.

16 The wise man fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is confident.

16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

16 A wise man is cautious and turns from evil,(N)but a fool is easily angered and is careless.(f)

16 The wise person fears and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and overconfident.

17 He that is soon angry shall deal foolishly, and the man of wicked devices shall be hated.

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 man acts foolishly,and a man who schemes is hated.(O)

17 A quick tempered person does foolish things, and a devious man is hated.

18 The simple shall inherit folly, but the prudent shall be crowned with wisdom.

18 The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

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.

19 Those who are evil shall bow before those who are good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

19 The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

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.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour, but many are those who love the rich.

20 The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

20 A poor man is hated even by his neighbor,(P)but there are many who love the rich.(Q)

20 The poor person is shunned by his neighbor, but many are the friends of the wealthy.

21 The sinner despises his neighbour, but he that has mercy on the poor is blessed.

21 He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

21 The one who despises his neighbor sins,(R)but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.(S)

21 Whoever despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

22 Do they not err that meditate upon evil? but those that meditate upon good shall attain mercy and truth.

22 Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

22 Don’t those who plan evil go astray?(T)But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.(U)

22 Won't those who plot evil go astray? But gracious love and truth are for those who plan what is good.

23 In all labour there is fruit, but to talk and not do, brings poverty.

23 In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

23 There is profit in all hard work,but endless talk(g) leads only to poverty.(V)

23 In hard work there is always profit, but too much chattering leads to poverty.

24 The crown of the wise is their wisdom, but that which distinguishes fools is their folly.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.

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!

25 The true witness delivers souls, but the deceitful one speaks lies.

25 A truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.

25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

25 A truthful witness rescues lives,but one who utters lies is deceitful.(W)

25 A truthful witness saves lives, but the person who lies is deceitful.

26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence, and there his sons shall have hope.

26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.

26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidenceand his children have a refuge.(X)

26 Rock-solid security is found in the fear of the LORD, and within it one's children find 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, That one may avoid the snares of death.

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,turning people away from the snares of death.(Y)

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, enabling anyone to escape the snares of death.

28 In the multitude of the people is the king's glory, but in the failure of the people is the weakness of the prince.

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.

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great intelligence, but he that is short of spirit exalts folly.

29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

29 A patient person shows great understanding,(Z)but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.

29 Being slow to get angry compares to great understanding as being quick-tempered compares to stupidity.

30 A sound heart is life to the flesh, but envy is rottenness of the bones.

30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.

30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

30 A tranquil heart is life to the body,(AA)but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.(AB)

30 A tranquil mind brings life to one's body, but jealousy causes one's bones to rot.

31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he that has mercy on the poor, honours him.

31 He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

31 The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker,(AC)but one who is kind to the needy honors Him.(AD)

31 Whoever oppresses the poor defies their Creator, but whoever is kind to the needy honors them.

32 For his wickedness shall the wicked be cast out, but the righteous in his death has hope.

32 The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.

32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

32 The wicked one is thrown down by his own sin,(AE)but the righteous one has a refuge in his death.(AF)

32 The wicked person is thrown down by his own wrongdoing, but the righteous person has a place of safety in death.

33 Wisdom shall rest in the heart of him that is sane and is made known in the midst of the fools.

33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the hearts of fools it is made known.

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 resides in the heart of the discerning;(AG)she is known(h) even among fools.

33 Wisdom is at rest in the mind of the discerning even fools know this.

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34 Righteousness exalts a people, but sin is a reproach to the nations.

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 exalts a nation,but sin is a disgrace to any people.(AH)

34 Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin diminishes any people.

35 The king's favour is toward the wise slave, but his wrath is against him that causes shame.

35 The king's favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

35 A king favors a wise servant,(AI)but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.

35 The king approves the wise servant, but he is angry at anyone who acts shamefully.

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