1 Every wise woman builds her house; But the foolish plucks it down with her own hands.
2 He who walks in his uprightness fears Yahweh; But he who is perverse in his ways despises him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for [his] pride; But the lips of the wise will preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; But much increase is by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie; But a false witness utters lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom, and it is not [found]; But knowledge is easy to him who has understanding.
7 Go into the presence of a foolish man, And you will not perceive [in him] the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way; But the folly of fools is deceit.
9 A trespass-offering mocks fools; But among the upright there is good will.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness; And a stranger does not intermeddle with its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown; But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way which seems right to a man; But its end are the ways of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; And the end of mirth is heaviness.
14 The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways; And a good man [will be satisfied] from himself.
15 The simple believes every word; But the prudent man looks well to his going.
16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil; But the fool bears himself insolently, and is confident.
17 He who is soon angry will deal foolishly; And a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly; But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow down before the good; And the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even of his own fellow man; But the rich has many friends.
21 He who despises his fellow man sins; But he who has pity on the poor, he is happy.
22 Do they not err who devise evil? But mercy and truth [will be to] those who devise good.
23 In all labor there is profit; But the talk of the lips [tends] only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches; [But] folly is the diadem of fools.
25 A true witness delivers souls; But he who utters lies [causes] deceit.
26 In the fear of Yahweh is strong confidence; And his sons will have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people is the king's glory; But in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29 He who is slow to anger is of great understanding; But he who is in a hurry of spirit exalts folly.
30 A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; But envy is the rottenness of the bones.
31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker; But he who has mercy on the needy honors him.
32 The wicked is thrust down in his evildoing; But the righteous has a refuge in his death.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding; But [that which is] in the inward part of fools is made known.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favor is toward a slave who deals wisely; But his wrath will be [against] him who causes shame.