1 The wise woman builds her house, ¶ but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, ¶ but those who despise him are devious in their ways.
3 A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, ¶ but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, ¶ but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.
5 An honest witness does not deceive, ¶ but a false witness pours out lies.
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, ¶ but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
7 Stay away from a fool, ¶ for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, ¶ but the folly of fools is deception.
9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, ¶ but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, ¶ and no one else can share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, ¶ but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that appears to be right, ¶ but in the end it leads to death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, ¶ and rejoicing may end in grief.
14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, ¶ and the good rewarded for theirs.
15 The simple believe anything, ¶ but the prudent give thought to their steps.
16 The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, ¶ but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things, ¶ and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly, ¶ but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, ¶ and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, ¶ but the rich have many friends.
21 It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, ¶ but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? ¶ But those who plan what is good find [^1] love and faithfulness.
23 All hard work brings a profit, ¶ but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, ¶ but the folly of fools yields folly.
25 A truthful witness saves lives, ¶ but a false witness is deceitful.
26 Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, ¶ and for their children it will be a refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, ¶ turning a person from the snares of death.
28 A large population is a king's glory, ¶ but without subjects a prince is ruined.
29 Whoever is patient has great understanding, ¶ but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, ¶ but envy rots the bones.
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, ¶ but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, ¶ but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.
33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning ¶ and even among fools she lets herself be known. [^2]
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, ¶ but sin condemns any people.
35 A king delights in a wise servant, ¶ but a shameful servant arouses his fury.