Serving God, Changing Lives

Proverbs 14:12-31

12There is a way that seems right to a person,
but its end is the way to death.
13Even in laughter the heart is sad,
and the end of joy is grief.
14The perverse get what their ways deserve,
and the good, what their deeds deserve.
15The simple believe everything,
but the clever consider their steps.
16The wise are cautious and turn away from evil,
but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.
17One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly,
and the schemer is hated.
18The simple are adorned with folly,
but the clever are crowned with knowledge.
19The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20The poor are disliked even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.
21Those who despise their neighbors are sinners,
but happy are those who are kind to the poor.
22Do they not err that plan evil?
Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.
23In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their wisdom,
but folly is the garland of fools.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who utters lies is a betrayer.
26In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence,
and one’s children will have a refuge.
27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
so that one may avoid the snares of death.
28The glory of a king is a multitude of people;
without people a prince is ruined.
29Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh,
but passion makes the bones rot.
31Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but those who are kind to the needy honor him.

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