1 Lady Wisdoma builds her house,
but Lady Folly tears it down with her hands.
2 The one who walks in his integrity fears Yahweh,
but the one who is devious in his ways despises him.
3 In the mouth of a fool is a prideful rod,
but the lips of the wise will watch over them.
4 With no oxen, the feeding trough is clean,
but abundant revenue comes by the strength of an ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie,
but a deceptive witness speaks lies.
6 A mocker searches for wisdom but finds none,
but knowledge comes easily to the one who has understanding.
7 Walk away from the presence of a foolish person,
or you will not understand lips that speak knowledge.
8 The wisdom of a prudent person is to understand his road,
but the foolishness of fools is deceit.
9 Fools mock at guilt,b
but among the upright is good understanding.c
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
and a stranger does not take part in its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will sprout forth.
12 There is a road that seems upright to a person,
but its end is roads leading to death.
13 Even in laughter the heart might be in pain,
and the end of joy may be grief.
14 The one who is disloyal in his heart will be satisfiedd from his own road,
but the good man will be satisfied from his deeds.
15 A naïve person will believe any word,
but the prudent person discerns his steps.
16 A wise person fears and turns aside from evil,
but a fool is angry and is overconfident.
17 An easily angered person acts foolishly,
and a schemer will be hated.
18 The naïve inherit foolishness,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 An evil person will bow down in the presence of good people,
and the wicked will bow at the gates of a righteous person.
20 A poor person is hated even by his neighbor,
but there are many who love the rich.
21 The one who shows contempt toward his neighbor is sinning,
but blessed are those who show favor to the poor.
22 Do not those who plan evil go astray?
But loyalty and faithfulness are with those who plan good.
23 In all hard work there is profit,
but mere words from the lips surely lead to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the foolishness of fools is still foolishness.
25 A faithful witness rescues lives,
but the one who speaks lies is treacherous.
26 In the fear of Yahweh there is strong confidence,
and he will be a shelter for his children.
27 The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life,
that one may turn aside from the snares of death.
28 The king’s glory is in the abundance of people,
but a ruler’s ruin is in the lack of people.
29 The one who is slow to get angry possesses great understanding,
but the one who is easily angerede displays foolishness.
30 A peaceful heart is the life of the flesh,
but envy is decay to the bones.
31 The person who oppresses the poor taunts the one who created him,
but the person who shows favor to the needy glorifies him.
32 A wicked person will be cast down by his own evil,
but the righteous person takes refuge in his own blamelessness.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of the one who has understanding,
but will she be made known among fools?
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is the people’s shame.
35 The king’s favor is toward an insightful servant,
but his anger will be upon the one who acts shamefully.