(Prov 14:1 NASB)  The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

Prov 14:1:      The woman has a unique role in building her house.  It takes constant work and industrious management on her part to raise a family and to build a household.
On the other hand, a foolish woman can ruin her household and her marriage (1 Kings 21:24-25).

(Prov 14:2 NASB)  He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is crooked in his ways despises Him.
(Prov 14:3 NASB)  In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.
(Prov 14:4 NASB)  Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much increase comes by the strength of the ox.

Prov 14:4:      There is no milk without some manure.  There is a price for growth and accomplishment.

(Prov 14:5 NASB)  A faithful witness will not lie, But a false witness speaks lies.
(Prov 14:6 NASB)  A scoffer seeks wisdom, and finds none, But knowledge is easy to him who has understanding.

Prov 14:6:      Scoffers will never achieve wisdom.  But knowledge is easy for those who have understanding (Psalm 119:18, 98-100, Matt. 13:11-12, James 1:5, 1 Chron. 22:12-13, 2 Chron. 1:10-12).

(Prov 14:7 NASB)  Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

Prov 14:7:      This is probably one that should be tucked in the back of our minds at all times.

(Prov 14:8 NASB)  The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit.
(Prov 14:9 NASB)  Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.
(Prov 14:10 NASB)  The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

Prov 14:10:      There is some bitterness in our hearts at times.  The joy in our hearts should be shared with those we love.

(Prov 14:11 NASB)  The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.
(Prov 14:12 NASB)  There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Prov 14:12:      Man’s ways seem right to him, but it leads to death (Matt. 7:13-14, Jer. 6:16, Luke 13:24, James 1:22-25).

(Prov 14:13 NASB)  Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.
(Prov 14:14 NASB)  The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his.

Prov 14:14:      The backslider will find pleasure in continually going his own way.  The good man will be satisfied with his ways (Isa. 3:10-11).

(Prov 14:15 NASB)  The naive believes everything, But the prudent man considers his steps.
(Prov 14:16 NASB)  A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.
(Prov 14:17 NASB)  A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.
(Prov 14:18 NASB)  The naive inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
(Prov 14:19 NASB)  The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Prov 14:19:      The evil will bow down before the good (Psalm 49:14-15, Isa. 60:14-16).

(Prov 14:20 NASB)  The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.

Prov 14:20:      Perhaps the meaning is “it is easier to dislike the poor.”

(Prov 14:21 NASB)  He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
(Prov 14:22 NASB)  Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
(Prov 14:23 NASB)  In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.
(Prov 14:24 NASB)  The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.
(Prov 14:25 NASB)  A truthful witness saves lives, But he who speaks lies is treacherous.

Prov 14:25:      A witness may save lives or deceitfully destroy the innocent.

(Prov 14:26 NASB)  In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.
(Prov 14:27 NASB)  The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.
(Prov 14:28 NASB)  In a multitude of people is a king’s glory, But in the death of people is a prince’s ruin.
(Prov 14:29 NASB)  He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

Prov 14:29:      In the fear of Yahweh is strong confidence and a fountain of life.  We should control our temper.

(Prov 14:30 NASB)  A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.
(Prov 14:31 NASB)  He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
(Prov 14:32 NASB)  The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
(Prov 14:33 NASB)  Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the bosom of fools it is made known.

Prov 14:33:      The wise man does not parade his knowledge.  The fool boasts of what little he knows.

(Prov 14:34 NASB)  Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.
(Prov 14:35 NASB)  The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

Prov 14:35:      Our father treats us the same way.

Patrick McGuire

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