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¶ A WISE woman builds her house;
but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
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¶ He who walks in uprightness has reverence for the LORD;
but he who is perverse in his ways despises him.
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¶ In the mouth of the foolish is provocation and disgrace;
but the lips of wise men shall preserve them.
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Where there are no oxen, the cribs are clean;
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
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¶ A faithful witness will not deceive;
but a false witness will utter lies.
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¶ An evil man seeks wisdom, and finds it not;
but knowledge is easy to a man of understanding.
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Everything is a hindrance to a foolish man;
but the lips of a wise man are like a weapon.
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¶ The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way;
but the way of fools is deceit.
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Truly the households of the wicked need purifying;
but the households of the righteous are acceptable.
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Fools commit sins;
but the children of the upright have good will.
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¶ A heart which has understanding knows its own bitterness;
and a stranger does not share in its joy.
The house of the wicked shall be destroyed;
but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
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There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful;
and the end of joy is grief.
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¶ The insolent in heart shall be filled with the fruit of his ways;
and a good man shall be satisfied with the respect he receives.
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¶ The simple man believes every word;
but the prudent discerns between good and evil.
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¶ A wise man is cautious, and departs from evil;
but the fool tampers with it confidently.
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¶ A man hasty in whatever he does never seeks counsel;
but a wise man is moderate.
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Fools inherit folly;
but the prudent dispense knowledge.
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Evil men shall prostrate themselves before good men;
and the wicked shall come to beg at the gates of the righteous.
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¶ The poor is hated even of his own neighbors;
but the rich has many friends.
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¶ He who despises his neighbor sins;
but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.
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¶ The wicked err when they devise evil;
but compassionate and righteous men do all kinds of good.
The workers of iniquity do not understand truth and mercy;
kindness and truth are with the workers of good things.
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¶ In all your labor there is profit;
but he who is young is carefree and at ease.
The LORD heals every wound;
but the talk of the lips of the wicked tends only to poverty.
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¶ The crown of the wise is their riches;
but the perverseness of fools is their folly.
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¶ A true witness delivers lives;
but a deceitful witness speaks falsehood.
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¶ in reverence for the LORD is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge.
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Reverence for the LORD is a fountain of life to those who turn away from the snares of death.
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¶ In the abundance of population is the king’s honor;
but in the destruction of the people is the ruin of the king.
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¶ He who is slow to anger is of great understanding;
but he who is hasty of temper is exceedingly foolish.
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¶ He who cools down his anger is a healer of his own heart;
but wrath is the rottenness of the bones.
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¶ He who oppresses the poor provokes his Maker;
but he who honors the LORD has mercy on the needy.
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¶ The wicked is overthrown through his wickedness;
but he who is confident that he is without sin is a righteous man.
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Wisdom shall rest in the heart of the righteous;
but in the heart of fools it shall not be made known.
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Righteousness exalts a nation;
but sin is a reproach to any people.
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¶ The king’s favor is toward a wise servant;
but the wicked shall be overthrown by his own devices.
He who is confident that he is without sin is righteous.
Anger destroys even wise men.