Proverbs 14
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1  The wisest of women builds her house, But folly tears it down with its own hands.

א  חַכְמוֹת נָשִׁים בָּנְתָה בֵיתָהּ וְאִוֶּלֶת בְּיָדֶיהָ תֶהֶרְסֶנּוּ׃

2  He who maintains his integrity fears Hashem; A man of devious ways scorns Him.

ב  הוֹלֵךְ בְּיָשְׁרוֹ יְרֵא יְהוָה וּנְלוֹז דְּרָכָיו בּוֹזֵהוּ׃

3  In the mouth of a fool is a rod of haughtiness, But the lips of the wise protect them.

ג  בְּפִי־אֱוִיל חֹטֶר גַּאֲוָה וְשִׂפְתֵי חֲכָמִים תִּשְׁמוּרֵם׃

4  If there are no oxen the crib is clean, But a rich harvest comes through the strength of the ox.

ד  בְּאֵין אֲלָפִים אֵבוּס בָּר וְרָב־תְּבוּאוֹת בְּכֹחַ שׁוֹר׃

5  An honest witness will not lie; A false witness testifies lies.

ה  עֵד אֱמוּנִים לֹא יְכַזֵּב וְיָפִיחַ כְּזָבִים עֵד שָׁקֶר׃

6  A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, But knowledge comes easily to the intelligent man.

ו  בִּקֶּשׁ־לֵץ חָכְמָה וָאָיִן וְדַעַת לְנָבוֹן נָקָל׃

7  Keep your distance from a dullard, For you will not learn wise speech.

ז  לֵךְ מִנֶּגֶד לְאִישׁ כְּסִיל וּבַל־יָדַעְתָּ שִׂפְתֵי־דָעַת׃

8  It is the wisdom of a clever man to understand his course; But the stupidity of the dullard is delusion.

ח  חָכְמַת עָרוּם הָבִין דַּרְכּוֹ וְאִוֶּלֶת כְּסִילִים מִרְמָה׃

9  Reparations mediate between fools, Between the upright, good will.

ט  אֱוִלִים יָלִיץ אָשָׁם וּבֵין יְשָׁרִים רָצוֹן׃

10  The heart alone knows its bitterness, And no outsider can share in its joy.

י  לֵב יוֹדֵעַ מָרַּת נַפְשׁוֹ וּבְשִׂמְחָתוֹ לֹא־יִתְעָרַב זָר׃

11  The house of the wicked will be demolished, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

יא  בֵּית רְשָׁעִים יִשָּׁמֵד וְאֹהֶל יְשָׁרִים יַפְרִיחַ׃

12  A road may seem right to a man, But in the end it is a road to death.

יב  יֵשׁ דֶּרֶךְ יָשָׁר לִפְנֵי־אִישׁ וְאַחֲרִיתָהּ דַּרְכֵי־מָוֶת׃

13  The heart may ache even in laughter, And joy may end in grief.

יג  גַּם־בִּשְׂחוֹק יִכְאַב־לֵב וְאַחֲרִיתָהּ שִׂמְחָה תוּגָה׃

14  An unprincipled man reaps the fruits of his ways; A good man, of his deeds.

יד  מִדְּרָכָיו יִשְׂבַּע סוּג לֵב וּמֵעָלָיו אִישׁ טוֹב׃

15  A simple person believes anything; A clever man ponders his course.

טו  פֶּתִי יַאֲמִין לְכָל־דָּבָר וְעָרוּם יָבִין לַאֲשֻׁרוֹ׃

16  A wise man is diffident and shuns evil, But a dullard rushes in confidently.

טז  חָכָם יָרֵא וְסָר מֵרָע וּכְסִיל מִתְעַבֵּר וּבוֹטֵחַ׃

17  An impatient man commits folly; A man of intrigues will be hated.

יז  קְצַר־אַפַּיִם יַעֲשֶׂה אִוֶּלֶת וְאִישׁ מְזִמּוֹת יִשָּׂנֵא׃

18  Folly is the lot of the simple, But clever men glory in knowledge.

יח  נָחֲלוּ פְתָאיִם אִוֶּלֶת וַעֲרוּמִים יַכְתִּרוּ דָעַת׃

19  Evil men are brought low before the good, So are the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

יט  שַׁחוּ רָעִים לִפְנֵי טוֹבִים וּרְשָׁעִים עַל־שַׁעֲרֵי צַדִּיק׃

20  A pauper is despised even by his peers, But a rich man has many friends.

כ  גַּם־לְרֵעֵהוּ יִשָּׂנֵא רָשׁ וְאֹהֲבֵי עָשִׁיר רַבִּים׃

21  He who despises his fellow is wrong; He who shows pity for the lowly is happy.

כא  בָּז־לְרֵעֵהוּ חוֹטֵא וּמְחוֹנֵן עניים [עֲנָוִים] אַשְׁרָיו׃

22  Surely those who plan evil go astray, While those who plan good earn steadfast love.

כב  הֲ‍לוֹא־יִתְעוּ חֹרְשֵׁי רָע וְחֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת חֹרְשֵׁי טוֹב׃

23  From all toil there is some gain, But idle chatter is pure loss.

כג  בְּכָל־עֶצֶב יִהְיֶה מוֹתָר וּדְבַר־שְׂפָתַיִם אַךְ־לְמַחְסוֹר׃

24  The ornament of the wise is their wealth; The stupidity of dullards is stupidity.

כד  עֲטֶרֶת חֲכָמִים עָשְׁרָם אִוֶּלֶת כְּסִילִים אִוֶּלֶת׃

25  A truthful witness saves lives; He who testifies lies [spreads] deceit.

כה  מַצִּיל נְפָשׁוֹת עֵד אֱמֶת וְיָפִחַ כְּזָבִים מִרְמָה׃

26  Fear of Hashem is a stronghold, A refuge for a man’s children.

כו  בְּיִרְאַת יְהוָה מִבְטַח־עֹז וּלְבָנָיו יִהְיֶה מַחְסֶה׃

27  Fear of Hashem is a fountain of life, Enabling one to avoid deadly snares.

כז  יִרְאַת יְהוָה מְקוֹר חַיִּים לָסוּר מִמֹּקְשֵׁי מָוֶת׃

28  A numerous people is the glory of a king; Without a nation a ruler is ruined.

b’-rov AM had-rat ME-lekh uv-E-fes l’-OM m’-khi-TAT ra-ZON

כח  בְּרָב־עָם הַדְרַת־מֶלֶךְ וּבְאֶפֶס לְאֹם מְחִתַּת רָזוֹן׃

14:28   A numerous people is the glory of a king

This verse is frequently understood in reference to Hashem Himself. His glory is increased when the multitudes of His people follow His ways, bringing Him a good name in the eyes of the world. Based on this verse, Jewish tradition teaches that if a person has a choice of houses of worship in which he could pray, it is preferable to worship God in the larger congregation, for “A numerous people is the glory of a king.” The ultimate expression of God’s glory, however, can be learned from its inverse: The greatest disgrace to Hashem’s glory is when the children of Israel are isolated, scattered and exiled from the land. The greatest glory to the King of Kings, therefore, is the return of the people of Israel to the land of Israel in large numbers. How fortunate is our generation that has seen millions of Jews from the four corners of the world return en masse to live in Israel, thereby bringing glory to the King of Kings.Comment

29  Patience results in much understanding; Impatience gets folly as its portion.

כט  אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם רַב־תְּבוּנָה וּקְצַר־רוּחַ מֵרִים אִוֶּלֶת׃

30  A calm disposition gives bodily health; Passion is rot to the bones.

ל  חַיֵּי בְשָׂרִים לֵב מַרְפֵּא וּרְקַב עֲצָמוֹת קִנְאָה׃

31  He who withholds what is due to the poor affronts his Maker; He who shows pity for the needy honors Him.

לא  עֹשֵׁק־דָּל חֵרֵף עֹשֵׂהוּ וּמְכַבְּדוֹ חֹנֵן אֶבְיוֹן׃

32  The wicked man is felled by his own evil; The righteous man finds security in his death.

לב  בְּרָעָתוֹ יִדָּחֶה רָשָׁע וְחֹסֶה בְמוֹתוֹ צַדִּיק׃

33  Wisdom rests quietly in the mind of a prudent man, But among dullards it makes itself known.

לג  בְּלֵב נָבוֹן תָּנוּחַ חָכְמָה וּבְקֶרֶב כְּסִילִים תִּוָּדֵעַ׃

34  Righteousness exalts a nation; Sin is a reproach to any people.

לד  צְדָקָה תְרוֹמֵם־גּוֹי וְחֶסֶד לְאֻמִּים חַטָּאת׃

35  The king favors a capable servant; He rages at an incompetent one.

 

לה  רְצוֹן־מֶלֶךְ לְעֶבֶד מַשְׂכִּיל וְעֶבְרָתוֹ תִּהְיֶה מֵבִישׁ׃

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