Proverbs 15
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1A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.1A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
2The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
3The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.3The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.
4The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.4Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5A fool spurns a parent's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.5Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.
6The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.6There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.7The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.
8The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.8The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
9The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.9The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.
10Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.10Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.
11Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more do human hearts!11Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart!
12Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.12Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.
13A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.13A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
14The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.14A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.
15All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.15For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
16Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.16Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.
17Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.17A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
18A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.18A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.
19The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.19A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.
20A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.20Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother.
21Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.21Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.
22Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.22Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
23A person finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!23Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
24The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.24The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind.
25The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow's boundary stones in place.25The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows.
26The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.26The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words.
27The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.27Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.
28The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.28The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
29The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.29The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
30Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.30A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.
31Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.31If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
32Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.32If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.
33Wisdom's instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.33Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.
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