Proverbs 14:18-35, Wisdom Rests in the Heart


18The naive inherit foolishness,

But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

19The evil will bow down before the good,

And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20The poor is hated even by his neighbor,

But those who love the rich are many.

21He who despises his neighbor sins,

But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

22Will they not go astray who devise evil?

But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

23In all labor there is profit,

But mere talk leads only to poverty.

24The crown of the wise is their riches,

But the folly of fools is foolishness.

25A truthful witness saves lives,

But he who utters lies is treacherous.

26In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,

And his children will have refuge.

27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

That one may avoid the snares of death.

28In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,

But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin.

29He who is slow to anger has great understanding,

But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

30A tranquil heart is life to the body,

But passion is rottenness to the bones.

31He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker,

But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

32The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing,

But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.

33Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,

But in the hearts of fools it is made known.

34Righteousness exalts a nation,

But sin is a disgrace to any people.

35The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely,

But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What could be the results of being wise?