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Proverbs of Various classes

(1) Six contrasted classes

The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

(2) Blessings of an ox

4 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But
much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

(3) Four contrasted classes

A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands.

(4) Sound advice

Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

(5) Four contrasted classes

8 The wisdom of the prudent is
to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit. 9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.

(6) Two things to let alone

10 The heart knows
its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

(7) Contrasted houses

11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of
the upright will flourish.

(8) End of the wrong road

12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of

(9) End of laughter and mirth

13 Even in laughter the heart
may sorrow, And the end of mirth may be grief.

(10) Sixteen contrasted classes

14 The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied
from above. 15 The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps. 16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident. 17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil will bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, But the rich has many friends. Proverbs 14:21 21 He who despises his neighbor sins; But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

(11) Two kinds of planning

22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? But
mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

(12) Law of poverty

In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.

(13) Four contrasted classes

The crown of the wise is their riches, But the foolishness of fools is folly. 25 A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies.

(14) Four blessings of fear

26 In
the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

(15) Cause of anarchy

In a multitude of people is a king's honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.

(16) Patience and hot-headedness

29 He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts

(17) Secret of health

30 A sound heart is life to the body, But
envy is rottenness to the bones.

(18) Three well known facts

31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches
his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. 32 The wicked is banished in his wickedness, But the righteous has a refuge in his death. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, But what is in the heart of fools is made known.

(19) Effects of sin and holiness

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.

(20) Advice to servants

35 The king's favor is toward
a wise servant, But his wrath is against him who causes shame. (NKJV)


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