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[1] A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull down with her hands that also which is built. [2] He that walketh in the right way, and feareth God, is despised by him that goeth by an infamous way. [3] In the mouth of a fool is the rod of pride: but the lips of the wise preserve them. [4] Where there are no oxen, the crib is empty: but where there is much corn, there the strength of the ox is manifest. [5] A faithful witness will not lie: but a deceitful witness uttereth a lie.

[6] A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: the learning of the wise is easy. [7] Go against a foolish man, and he knoweth not the lips of prudence. [8] The wisdom of a discreet man is to understand his way: and the imprudence of fools erreth. [9] A fool will laugh at sin, but among the just grace shall abide. [10] The heart that knoweth the bitterness of his own soul, in his joy the stranger shall not intermeddle.

[11] The house of the wicked shall be destroyed: but the tabernacles of the just shall flourish. [12] There is a way which seemeth just to a man: but the ends thereof lead to death. [13] Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning taketh hold of the end of joy. [14] A fool shall be filled with his own ways, and the good man shall be above him. [15] The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.

[16] A wise man feareth and declineth from evil: the fool leapeth over and is confident. [17] The impatient man shall work folly: and the crafty man is hateful. [18] The childish shall possess folly, and the prudent, shall look for knowledge. [19] The evil shall fall down before the good: and the wicked before the gates of the just. [20] The poor man shall be hateful even to his own neighbour: but the friends of the rich are many.

[21] He that despiseth his neighbour, sinneth: but he that sheweth mercy to the poor, shall be blessed. He that believeth in the Lord, loveth mercy. [22] They err that work evil: but mercy and truth prepare good things. [23] In much work there shall be abundance: but where there are many words, there is oftentimes want. [24] The crown of the wise is their riches: the folly of fools, imprudence. [25] A faithful witness delivereth souls: and the double dealer uttereth lies.

[26] In the fear of the Lord is confidence of strength, and there shall be hope for his children. [27] The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to decline from the ruin of death. [28] In the multitude of people is the dignity of the king: and in the small number of people the dishonour of the prince. [29] He that is patient, is governed with much wisdom: but he that is impatient, exalteth his folly. [30] Soundness of heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the rottenness of the bones.

[31] He that oppresseth the poor, upbraideth his Maker: but he that hath pity on the poor, honoureth him. [32] The wicked man shall be driven out in his wickedness: but the just hath hope in his death. [33] In the heart of the prudent resteth wisdom, and it shall instruct all the ignorant. [34] Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable. [35] A wise servant is acceptable to the king: he that is good for nothing shall feel his anger.

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