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  1. Wise women build houses: but a foolish one digs hers down with her hands.
  2. He that walks uprightly fears the Lord; but he that is perverse in his ways shall be dishonoured.
  3. Out of the mouth of fools comes a rod of pride; but the lips of the wise preserve them.
  4. Where no oxen are, the cribs are clean; but where there is abundant produce, the strength of the ox is apparent.
  5. A faithful witness does not lie; but an unjust witness kindles falsehoods.
  6. Thou shalt seek wisdom with bad men, and shalt not find it; but discretion is easily available with the prudent.

  7. All things are adverse to a foolish man; but wise lips are the weapons of discretion.
  8. The wisdom of the prudent will understand their ways; but the folly of fools leads astray.
  9. The houses of transgressors [a] will need purification; but the houses of the just are acceptable.

  10. If a man's [b] mind is intelligent, his soul is sorrowful; and when he rejoices, he has no fellowship with pride.
  11. The houses of ungodly men shall be utterly destroyed; but the tabernacles of them that walk uprightly shall stand.
  12. There is a way which seems to be right with men, but the ends of it [c] reach to the depth of hell.
  13. Grief mingles not with mirth; and joy in the end comes to grief.
  14. A [d] stout-hearted man shall be filled with his own ways; and a good man with his own thoughts.
  15. The simple believes every word: but the prudent man betakes himself to after-thought.
  16. A wise man fears, and departs from evil; but the fool trusts in himself, and joins himself with the transgressor.
  17. A passionate man acts inconsiderately; but a sensible man bears up under many things.

  18. Fools shall have mischief for their portion; but the prudent shall take fast hold of understanding.
  19. Evil men shall fall before the good; and the ungodly shall attend at the gates of the righteous.
  20. Friends will hate poor friends; but the friends of the rich are many.
  21. He that dishonours the needy sins: but he that has pity on the poor is most blessed.
  22. They that go astray devise evils: but the good devise mercy and truth. The framers of evil do not understand mercy and truth: but compassion and faithfulness are with the framers of good.
  23. With every one who is careful there is abundance: but the pleasure-taking and indolent shall be in want.
  24. A prudent man is the crown of the wise: but the occupation of fools is evil.

  25. A faithful witness shall deliver a soul from evil: but a deceitful man kindles falsehoods.
  26. In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and he leaves his children a support.
  27. The commandment of the Lord is a fountain of life; and it causes men to turn aside from the snare of death.

  28. In a populous nation is the glory of a king: but in the failure of people is the ruin of a prince.
  29. A man slow to wrath abounds in wisdom: but a man of impatient spirit is very foolish.
  30. A meek-spirited man is a healer of the heart: but a sensitive heart is a corruption of the bones.
  31. He that oppresses the needy provokes his Maker: but he that honours him has pity upon the poor.
  32. The ungodly shall be driven away in his wickedness: but [e] he who is secure in his own holiness is just.

  33. There is wisdom in the good heart of a man: but in the heart of fools it is not discerned.
  34. Righteousness exalts a nation: but sins diminish tribes.
  35. An understaning servant is acceptable to a king; and by his good behaviour he removes disgrace.

[a] Gr. shall owe. See Job 6.21. [b] Or, heart be sensitive. [c] Gr. come. [d] Lit. bold-hearted. [e] Comp. Heb.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons, Ltd., London, 1851]

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