15:1 A gentle response1 turns away anger,
but a harsh word2 stirs up wrath.3
15:2 The tongue of the wise4 treats knowledge correctly,5
but the mouth of the fool spouts out6 folly.
15:3 The eyes of the
keeping watch8 on those who are evil and those who are good.
15:4 Speech9 that heals10 is like11 a life-giving tree,12
but a perverse tongue13 breaks the spirit.
15:5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense.14
15:6 In the house15 of the righteous is abundant wealth,16
but the income of the wicked brings trouble.17
15:7 The lips of the wise spread18 knowledge,
but not so the heart of fools.19
but the prayer23 of the upright pleases him.24
but he loves those26 who pursue27 righteousness.
15:10 Severe discipline28 is for the one who abandons the way;
the one who hates reproof29 will die.
15:11 Death and Destruction30 are before the
how much more31 the hearts of humans!32
15:12 The scorner does not love33 one who corrects him;34
he will not go to35 the wise.
15:13 A joyful heart36 makes the face cheerful,37
but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.
15:14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.38
15:15 All the days39 of the afflicted40 are bad,41
but one with42 a cheerful heart has a continual feast.43
15:16 Better44 is little with the fear of the
than great wealth and turmoil45 with it.46
15:17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love47
than a fattened ox where there is hatred.48
15:18 A quick-tempered person49 stirs up dissension,
but one who is slow to anger50 calms51 a quarrel.52
15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,53
but the path of the upright is like54 a highway.55
15:20 A wise child56 brings joy to his father,
but a foolish person57 despises58 his mother.
15:21 Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense,59
but one who has understanding60 follows an upright course.61
15:22 Plans fail62 when there is no counsel,
but with abundant advisers they are established.63
15:23 A person has joy64 in giving an appropriate answer,65
and a word at the right time66 – how good it is!
15:24 The path of life is upward67 for the wise person,68
to69 keep him from going downward to Sheol.70
but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.72
but pleasant words76 are pure.77
15:27 The one who is greedy for gain78 troubles79 his household,80
but whoever hates bribes81 will live.
15:28 The heart of the righteous considers82 how83 to answer,84
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.85
but he hears87 the prayer of the righteous.88
15:30 A bright look89 brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the body.90
15:31 The person91 who hears the reproof that leads to life92
is at home93 among the wise.94
15:32 The one who refuses correction despises himself,95
but whoever hears96 reproof acquires understanding.97
15:33 The fear of the
and before honor comes humility.99