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Solomon’s proverbs: Proverbs 13−15

Solomon wrote 3000 proverbs and collected other wise sayings; some made it into the book of Proverbs. These chapters are from the first collection of Solomon’s proverbs.

On the fear of the Lord:

14:1-2 With wisdom a woman builds her house,
but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord,
but one who is devious in conduct despises him.

14:26-27In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
and one’s children will have a refuge.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
so that one may avoid the snares of death.

15:15-17 All the days of the poor are hard,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.
Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
than a fatted ox and hatred with it.

15:31-33 The ear that heeds wholesome admonition
will lodge among the wise.
Those who ignore instruction despise themselves,
but those who heed admonition gain understanding.
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
and humility goes before honour.

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