Contrast the Upright
and the Wicked
The evil will bow down before the
good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
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the Upright and the Wicked
1 The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own
2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the
But he who is devious in his ways despises
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for
But the lips of the wise will protect them.
4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of
5 A trustworthy witness will not lie,
But a false witness utters lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none,
But knowledge is easy to one who has
7 Leave the presence of a fool,
Or you will not discern words of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the sensible is to
understand his way,
But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
9 Fools mock at sin,
But among the upright there is good will.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way which seems right to a
But its end is the way of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may be in
And the end of joy may be grief.
14 The backslider in heart will have his
fill of his own ways,
But a good man will be satisfied with his.
15 The naive believes everything,
But the sensible man considers his steps.
16 A wise man is cautious and turns away
But a fool is arrogant and careless.
17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
And a man of evil devices is hated.
18 The naive inherit foolishness,
But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil will bow down before the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the
20 The poor is hated even by his neighbor,
But those who love the rich are many.
21 He who despises his neighbor sins,
But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
22 Will they not go astray who devise evil?
But kindness and truth will be to those who
23 In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches,
But the folly of fools is foolishness.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
But he who utters lies is treacherous.
26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong
And his children will have refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of
That one may avoid the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is a king’s
But in the dearth of people is a prince’s
29 He who is slow to anger has great
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
30 A tranquil heart is life to the body,
But passion is rottenness to the bones.
31 He who oppresses the poor taunts his
But he who is gracious to the needy honors
32 The wicked is thrust down by his
But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has
But in the hearts of fools it is made known.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 The king’s favor is toward a servant who
But his anger is toward him who acts