Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 14


Proverbs 14

Amplified Bible (AMP)


14 Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.


He who walks in uprightness reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, but he who is contrary and devious in his ways despises Him.


In the [a]fool’s own mouth is a rod [to shame] his pride, but the wise men’s lips preserve them.


Where no oxen are, the grain crib is empty, but much increase [of crops] comes by the strength of the ox.


A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness breathes out falsehoods.


A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.


Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.


The Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of [self-confident] fools is to deceive.


Fools make a mock of sin and sin mocks the fools [who are its victims; a sin offering made by them only mocks them, bringing them disappointment and disfavor], but among the upright there is the favor of God.


10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.


11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tent of the upright shall flourish.


12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.


13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of mirth is heaviness and grief.


14 The backslider in heart [from God and from fearing God] shall be filled with [the fruit of] his own ways, and a good man shall be satisfied with [the fruit of] his ways [with the holy thoughts and actions which his heart prompts and in which he delights].


15 The simpleton believes every word he hears, but the prudent man looks and considers well where he is going.


16 A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, but the fool bears himself insolently and is [presumptuously] confident.


17 He who foams up quickly and flies into a passion deals foolishly, and a man of wicked plots and plans is hated.


18 The simple acquire folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.


19 The evil men bow before the good, and the wicked [stand suppliantly] at the gates of the [uncompromisingly] righteous.


20 The poor is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.


21 He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself], but happy (blessed and fortunate) is he who is kind and merciful to the poor.


22 Do they not err who devise evil and wander from the way of life? But loving-kindness and mercy, loyalty and faithfulness, shall be to those who devise good.


23 In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty.


24 The crown of the wise is their wealth of Wisdom, but the foolishness of [self-confident] fools is [nothing but] folly.


25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a deceitful witness speaks lies [and endangers lives].


26 In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.


27 Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.


28 In a multitude of people is the king’s glory, but in a lack of people is the prince’s ruin.


29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his folly.


30 A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.


31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches, mocks, and insults his Maker, but he who is kind and merciful to the needy honors Him.


32 The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing and calamity, but the [consistently] righteous has hope and confidence even in death.


33 Wisdom rests [silently] in the mind and heart of him who has understanding, but that which is in the inward part of [self-confident] fools is made known.


34 Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

35 The king’s favor is toward a wise and discreet servant, but his wrath is against him who does shamefully.



4 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 14”

  1. Chapter 14

    I love checking out all the women magazines when standing in line at the grocery store. I know, you say what has this to do with today’s study in Proverbs 14? Well, there are a few good points here in the first verse about how a wise woman builds her house, case in point- Good Housekeeping and Better Homes and Gardens. I will sometimes, quickly glance to see what the new fashions for décor and what’s new in food recipes and fads. A girl can dream, right. Although, in the scriptures we actually don’t have to settle for a “paper dream” as seen in a magazine. Even in nature, a robin teaches us about building a nest for keeping her new family safe. So is it when a wise woman builds her house with the Lord. [Vs:1] Her expectations are set on what will bring honor to God. When you come to her house, the respect of the Lord is expected of her guests. For in her home you will be treated with the same respect and it will be a source of strength. Unfortunately, some do not find the value in building the foundation of their homes to honor God. Here in the same verse, we see that God says of this woman: “ it is her own hands that tears it down.” The following verses [2-19] seem to show us that if we take good care of what is ours we will enjoy longevity and prosper under the protection of the Lord. I want that!!! So don’t take short cuts to get results. It takes hard work, honesty, integrity and perseverance to obtain the good things that the Lord has planned in our lives. In everything we endeavor, we can apply wisdom and truth; for godly righteousness is a key to successful living.

    There is a lot spoken in this chapter about wrong thinking, bad behavior and the unfaithful. Basically, as believers we are told to stay away from a foolish man/woman, for you will not find godly knowledge in their speech. Such faulty belief systems will guide to temporal values, bitterness and moral impurity. We are instructed to follow God Wisdom, Vs 29 states: “Be at Peace in your heart, it will give life to your whole body, be not envious for it will bring rot to your bones.” Do look on the worldliness you see in false religions, materialism, ill-gotten wealth, immorality as a surety for your lives. We have all heard in the media of so many misguided people losing everything, even their health (heart attacks), when they were told it was a “sure thing” in stock markets, real estate and Vegas (so to speak).

    Righteousness of God is Peace in your heart knowing how you live is to abide in the fullness of Love and Faithfulness in Jesus Christ. Building a house of Honor is a way to finding Love and Faithfulness, to do the things that He asks for us to do in [Vs:21] as it states, “He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.” A person honors God by sharing food, lending (to give) money and defending rights. Such a person will lack nothing, for God will send His favor upon them.

    The fear of the Lord is the key to our inheritance here on Earth and in Heaven. The bible is consistently instructing us to walk in the fear of the Lord. Why? Because the person who understands this has a secure fortress [Vs:26] and his children are under the same protection. Godly parenting is a blessing to your children, to example straightforward thinking and fairness in judgment. Wisdom will stand up in a crowd and speak the Truth, the word of Truth and be a beacon of light for the lost. Being a leader is having people who want to follow the example that you live…in speech and deeds. The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life, which will replenish the weary and gives strength; it will flourish your fields and bless and sustain your life.

    God’s love is unfailing! ~Zoey

    1. Zoey,

      I love so many things about this piece. The thing that is rejoicing my heart is, is this phrase: “The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life, which will replenish the weary and gives strength; it will flourish your fields and bless and sustain your life.” I find this fountain in you. You often replenish my weary heart and encourage me with strength. The Wisdom of God is very evident in you. It causes you to flourish when you should be all dried out. It blesses you and and so many others. His wisdom holds you up and supplies all that you need so you have more than enough to give to others. I see how you have built your life, i.e. your house by it. Zoey, you are my wisdom friend. Thank you for sharing with me. ❤

  2. Day 14:Proverbs 14

    No More Rotten Bones!

    30 A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

    A calm an undisturbed mind is a very hot commodity in today’s time. For today’s time is filled with constant reports of evil. Fear is increasing, both the tangible and intangible. Fear we are not good enough, fear we won’t have enough, fear we will be alone, fear we will be attack, taken advantage of, fear of the unknown. This constant diet of fear produces envy, jealousy and wrath in us. No wonder we have so many cancers and heart disease. Our minds and hearts are constantly disturbed.

    God knew what our times would hold and has made provisions for us. To combat every fear, He has given us faith. His word increases the faith he has given us. His word in our hearts and minds creates calmness and peace in the midst of the storm. He fills us and radiates life and health to our bodies. No rotten bones for us in Christ! He gives us the ability to be alive and enjoy that life to His fullest!

    2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

    7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

    ****Thank you, Lord for teaching me how to think and how to process all these emotions you have given me. Also for helping the measure of faith you have given me, to grow. Thank you, for helping my heart and mind to remain at peace, no matter how disturbing this world becomes. Thank you, for life and health in my body.

    1. Jenni:
      Amen! I am so enjoying the study with you…we are at the half-way point and so much to ponder and process. What great peace is gained in knowing and experiencing the genuine love of the Lord daily. God’s love is so deep for us and the most amazing love…for He does watch over the wicked and the saved. A Wisdom above any, who can really fathom this Peace that gives rest to our hearts in a troubled world??? I thank God for every word I read in the scriptures, this study deepens my appreciation of those who have gone before us to secure this privilege that some would like to stop. Bless you my faithful friend ~Zoey

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