Proverbs 15

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 Lord7 are in every place,

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

15:8 The Lord abhors20 the sacrifices21 of the wicked,22

but the prayer23 of the upright pleases him.24

15:9 The Lord abhors25 the way of the wicked,

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 Lord –

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 Lord

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

15:25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,71

but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.72

15:26 The Lord abhors73 the plans74 of the wicked,75

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

15:29 The Lord is far86 from the wicked,

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 Lord provides wise instruction,98

and before honor comes humility.99

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