“The wise woman builds her house.
But the foolish woman tears it down
With her own hands.
Those who walk uprightly
But one who is devious in conduct
The talk of fools
Is a rod for their backs.
But the lips of the wise
The wise woman builds her own house. The foolish woman, on the other hand, tears it down herself. If you walk upright, you fear Yahweh. If you are devious all over the place, then you despise Yahweh. The talk of fools brings the whipping rod to their backs, while the lips of the wise keep them save.