Proverbs 14

1The wise woman uses her wisdom to make her home what it should be. But the foolish woman destroys her home by the foolish things she does. 2The person who lives right respects the Lord. But the person who is not honest hates the Lord. 3A foolish person’s words cause him trouble. But the words of a wise person protect him. 4If there are no cows to do the work, then the barn will be empty. The people can use the strength of a cow to have a great harvest. 5A truthful person does not lie—he is a good witness. But a person that can’t be trusted never tells the truth—he is a bad witness. 6People who make fun of God might look for wisdom, but they will never find it. ˻People who believe God˼ are truly wise. Knowledge comes easy to them. 7Don’t become friends with a foolish person. There is nothing he can teach you. 8Smart people are wise because they think carefully about the things they do. But foolish people are fools because they think they can live by cheating. 9A foolish person laughs at the idea of paying for the bad things he did. But good people try very hard to get forgiveness. 10If a person is sad, he is the only one that can feel that sadness. In the same way, if a person is happy, he is the only one that can feel that joy. 11The house of an evil person will be destroyed. But the home of a good person will live forever. 12There is a way that people think is right. But that way leads only to death. 13A person might be sad, even if he is laughing. And after the laughter, the sadness will still be there. 14Evil people will be fully paid ˻(punished)˼ for the wrong things they do. And good people will be fully rewarded for the good things they do. 15A fool will believe anything he hears. But a wise man thinks carefully about everything. 16A wise man respects the Lord and stays away from evil. But a foolish man does things without thinking—he is not careful. 17A person who becomes angry easily does foolish things. But a wise person is patient. 18Foolish people are punished for their foolishness. But wise people are rewarded with knowledge. 19Good people will win against evil people. Evil people will be forced to bow down to them. 20A poor person has no friends, not even his neighbor. But rich people have many friends. 21You should not think bad things about your neighbors. If you want to be happy, be kind to those poor people. 22Any person who plans to do evil is doing wrong. But the person that tries to do good will have friends that love and trust him. 23If you work hard, then you will have the things you need. But if you do nothing but talk, then you will be poor. 24Wise people are rewarded by wealth. But foolish people are rewarded by foolishness. 25A person who tells the truth helps other people. The person who tells lies hurts other people. 26The person who respects the Lord is safe and his children also live in safety. 27Respect for the Lord gives true life. It saves a person from death’s trap. 28A large ˻wealthy˼ nation brings honor to a king, but a nation suffering famine brings shame. 29A patient person is very smart. A person who is easily angered shows that he is a fool. 30If a person has peace in his mind, then his body will be healthy. But jealousy causes sickness in his body. 31The person that causes trouble for poor people shows that he does not respect God—God made both people. But if a person is kind to poor people, then he shows honor to God. 32During times of trouble, evil people are defeated. But good people win a victory even during death. 33A wise person is always thinking wise things. But a foolish person knows nothing about wisdom. 34Goodness makes a nation great. But sin is a shame to any people. 35A king is happy when he has wise leaders. But a king is angry with leaders that are foolish.

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