Proverbs 14 New Life Version (NLV)
14 The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
2 He who walks in honor fears the Lord, but he who is sinful in his ways hates Him.
3 A foolish man’s talk brings a stick to his back, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe.
4 There is no grain where there are no oxen, but much grain comes by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful man who tells what he knows will not lie, but the man who is not faithful will lie.
6 One who laughs at the truth looks for wisdom and does not find it, but much learning is easy to him who has understanding.
7 Go away from a foolish man, for you will not find words of much learning.
8 The wisdom of the wise man is to understand what to do, but lying is the foolish way of fools.
9 Fools laugh at sin, but the favor of God is among the faithful.
10 The heart knows when it is bitter, and a stranger cannot share its joy.
11 The house of the sinful will be destroyed, but all will go well in the tent of the faithful.
12 There is a way which looks right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
13 Even while laughing the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be sorrow.
14 The man who has gone back into sin will get the fruit of his ways, and a good man will get the fruit of what he does.
15 The one who is easy to fool believes everything, but the wise man looks where he goes.
16 A wise man fears God and turns away from what is sinful, but a fool is full of pride and is not careful.
17 He who has a quick temper acts in a foolish way, and a man who makes sinful plans is hated.
18 Those who are easy to fool are foolish, but the wise have much learning.
19 Sinful men will bow in front of the good, and at the gates of those who are right with God.
20 The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but the rich man has many friends.
21 He who hates his neighbor sins, but happy is he who shows loving-favor to the poor.
22 Do not those who make sinful plans go the wrong way? Kindness and truth are for those who plan good.
23 Some good comes from all work. Nothing but talk leads only to being poor.
24 What the wise receive is their riches, but fools are known by their foolish ways.
25 A faithful man who tells what he knows saves lives, but he who tells lies hurts others.
26 There is strong trust in the fear of the Lord, and His children will have a safe place.
27 The fear of the Lord is a well of life. Its waters keep a man from death.
28 The shining-greatness of a king is in many people, but without people a prince has nothing.
29 He who is slow to get angry has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper makes his foolish way look right.
30 A heart that has peace is life to the body, but wrong desires are like the wasting away of the bones.
31 He who makes it hard for the poor brings shame to his Maker, but he who shows loving-favor to those in need honors Him.
32 The sinful is thrown down by his wrong-doing, but the man who is right with God has a safe place when he dies.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.
34 Being right with God makes a nation great, but sin is a shame to any people.
35 The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his anger is toward the one who brings shame by what he does.
Proverbs 14 New International Version (NIV)
14 The wise woman builds her house,
2 Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,
3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
5 An honest witness does not deceive,
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,
7 Stay away from a fool,
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,
9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
12 There is a way that appears to be right,
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,
15 The simple believe anything,
16 The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,
17 A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
18 The simple inherit folly,
19 Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
22 Do not those who plot evil go astray?
23 All hard work brings a profit,
24 The wealth of the wise is their crown,
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
26 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
28 A large population is a king’s glory,
29 Whoever is patient has great understanding,
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,
33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
35 A king delights in a wise servant,