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1 EVERY wise woman (wife) buildeth her house;
But the foolish pulleth it down with her hands.. 2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth Jehovah;
But he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride;
But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are the crib is clean ;
But much produce is by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful witness will not lie;
But a false witness will utter lies. 6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not; But knowledge is easy to him that hath under
standing. 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When thou perceivest not in him the lips of know
ledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his
way; But the folly of fools is deceitful. 9 Fools make a mock at sin;
But among the upright there is favour.
10 The heart knoweth its own bitterness;
And a stranger doth not intermeddle with its joy. 11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown;
But the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man;
But the end thereof are the ways of death.
13 Even by laughter the heart is made sorrowful;
And the end of mirth is sadness.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his
own ways; And a good man shall be filled with his. 15 The simple believeth every word; • But a prudent man considereth his going.
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil; 1 But the fool transgresseth, and is confident.
17 He that is soon angry acteth foolishly; . And a man of wicked devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly;
But the prudent shall be crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good;
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor is hated even by his own neighbour; X But the rich have many friends.
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth ;
But he that hath mercy on the poor-happy is he. 22 Do they not err that devise evil ? But mercy and truth shall be to them that devise
good. 23 In all labour there is profit; .
But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
; . Among 24 The crown of the wise is their riches; . But the opulence of fools is folly.
25 A faithful witness delivereth souls;
But a deceitful witness speaketh lies. 26 In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence;
And his children shall have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life,
To avoid the snares of death. 28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour; But in the want of people is the destruction of the
prince. 29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding ;
But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh;
But envy the rottenness of the bones. 31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness;
But the righteous hath hope in his death. 33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath
understanding; But that which is in the midst of fools is known.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation;
But sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant;
But his wrath is against him that causeth shame. CHAPTER XV.
1 A soft answer turneth away wrath ;
But grievous words stir up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise maketh knowledge agree- !
able; But the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. 3 The eyes of Jehovah are in every place,
Beholding the evil and the good. 4 The healing medicine of the tongue is a tree of life;
But perverseness therein afflicteth the spirit. 5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction;
But he that regardeth reproof becometh prudent. 6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure;
But in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. 7 The lips of the wise disseminate knowledge;
But the heart of the foolish doeth not so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to
Jehovah; But the prayer of the upright is his delight. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to
Jehovah; But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. 10 Correction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way;
And he that hateth reproof shall die.
12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him,
Neither will he go unto the wise.
13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance;
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh
• knowledge ;
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a merry heart hath a continual
16 Better is a little with the fear of Jehovah,
Than great treasure, and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a repast of herbs where love is,
Than a stalled ox, and hatred therewith.
18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife;
But be that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19 The way of the slothful man is like an hedge of
20 A wise son maketh a glad father ;
But a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom ;
But a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
· 22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed ;
But in the multitude of counsellors they are