1Wisdom builds herself a house; with her own hands Folly pul s it down. 2Whoever keeps to an honest course fears Yahweh, whoever deserts his paths shows contempt forhim. 3Pride sprouts in the mouth of the fool, the lips of the wise keep them safe. 4No oxen, empty manger; strong bul , much cash. 5The truthful witness tells no lies, the false witness lies with every breath. 6In vain the mocker looks for wisdom, knowledge comes easy to the intel igent. 7Keep wel clear of the fool, you wil not find wise lips there. 8With people of discretion, wisdom keeps a watch over their conduct, but the fol y of fools leads themastray. 9Fools mock at the sacrifice for sin, but favour resides among the honest. 10The heart knows its own grief best, nor can a stranger share its joy. 11The house of the wicked wil be destroyed, the tent of the honest wil prosper. 12There are ways that some think straight, but they lead in the end to death. 13Even in laughter the heart finds sadness, and joy makes way for sorrow. 14The miscreant wil reap the reward of his conduct, and the good the reward of his deeds. 15The simpleton believes any message, a person of discretion treads a careful path. 16The wise fears evil and avoids it, the fool is insolent and conceited. 17A quick-tempered person commits rash acts, but a schemer is detestable. 18Simpletons have folly for their portion, people of discretion knowledge for their crown. 19The evil bow down before the good, the wicked, at the gates of the upright. 20The poor is detestable even to a friend, but many are they who love someone rich. 21One who despises the needy is at fault, one who takes pity on the poor is blessed. 22Plan evil -- isn't this to go astray? Those who plan for good can earn faithful love and constancy. 23Hard work always yields its profit, idle talk brings only want. 24The crown of the wise is their riches; the fol y of fools is folly. 25A truthful witness saves lives, whoever utters lies is a deceiver. 26In the fear of Yahweh is powerful security; for his children he is a refuge. 27The fear of Yahweh is a life-giving spring for eluding the snares of death. 28Large population, monarch's glory; dwindling population, ruler's ruin. 29Mastery of temper is high proof of intel igence, a quick temper makes fol y worse than ever. 30The life of the body is a tranquil heart, but envy is a cancer in the bones. 31To oppress the weak insults the Creator, kindness to the needy honours the Creator. 32For evil-doing, the wicked wil be flung headlong, but in integrity the upright wil find refuge. 33Wisdom resides in an understanding heart; she is not to be found in the hearts of fools. 34Uprightness makes a nation great, by sin whole races are disgraced. 35A king shows favour to a wise minister, but anger to one who shames him.
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