Proverbs Chapter 14 Bible in Basic English

Proverbs 14:1

Wisdom is building her house, but the foolish woman is pulling it down with her hands.

Proverbs 14:2

He who goes on his way in righteousness has before him the fear of the Lord; but he whose ways are twisted gives him no honour.

Proverbs 14:3

In the mouth of the foolish man is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will keep them safe.

Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, their food-place is clean; but much increase comes through the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:5

A true witness does not say what is false, but a false witness is breathing out deceit.

Proverbs 14:6

The hater of authority, searching for wisdom, does not get it; but knowledge comes readily to the open-minded man.

Proverbs 14:7

Go away from the foolish man, for you will not see the lips of knowledge.

Proverbs 14:8

The wisdom of the man of good sense makes his way clear; but the unwise behaviour of the foolish is deceit.

Proverbs 14:9

In the tents of those hating authority there is error, but in the house of the upright man there is grace.

Proverbs 14:10

No one has knowledge of a man's grief but himself; and a strange person has no part in his joy.

Proverbs 14:11

The house of the sinner will be overturned, but the tent of the upright man will do well.

Proverbs 14:12

There is a way which seems straight before a man, but its end is the ways of death.

Proverbs 14:13

Even while laughing the heart may be sad; and after joy comes sorrow.

Proverbs 14:14

He whose heart is turned away will have the reward of his ways in full measure; but a good man will have the reward of his doings.

Proverbs 14:15

The simple man has faith in every word, but the man of good sense gives thought to his footsteps.

Proverbs 14:16

The wise man, fearing, keeps himself from evil; but the foolish man goes on in his pride, with no thought of danger.

Proverbs 14:17

He who is quickly angry will do what is foolish, but the man of good sense will have quiet.

Proverbs 14:18

Foolish behaviour is the heritage of the simple, but men of good sense are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 14:19

The knees of the evil are bent before the good; and sinners go down in the dust at the doors of the upright.

Proverbs 14:20

The poor man is hated even by his neighbour, but the man of wealth has numbers of friends.

Proverbs 14:21

He who has no respect for his neighbour is a sinner, but he who has pity for the poor is happy.

Proverbs 14:22

Will not the designers of evil come into error? But mercy and good faith are for the designers of good.

Proverbs 14:23

In all hard work there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor.

Proverbs 14:24

Their wisdom is a crown to the wise, but their foolish behaviour is round the head of the unwise.

Proverbs 14:25

A true witness is the saviour of lives; but he who says false things is a cause of deceit.

Proverbs 14:26

For him in whose heart is the fear of the Lord there is strong hope: and his children will have a safe place.

Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, by which one may be turned from the nets of death.

Proverbs 14:28

A king's glory is in the number of his people: and for need of people a ruler may come to destruction.

Proverbs 14:29

He who is slow to be angry has great good sense; but he whose spirit is over-quick gives support to what is foolish.

Proverbs 14:30

A quiet mind is the life of the body, but envy is a disease in the bones.

Proverbs 14:31

He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives him honour.

Proverbs 14:32

The sinner is overturned in his evil-doing, but the upright man has hope in his righteousness.

Proverbs 14:33

Wisdom has her resting-place in the mind of the wise, but she is not seen among the foolish.

Proverbs 14:34

By righteousness a nation is lifted up, but sin is a cause of shame to the peoples.

Proverbs 14:35

The king has pleasure in a servant who does wisely, but his wrath is against him who is a cause of shame.