Proverbs 15 New American Standard Bible

15 1  A gentle answer turns away wrath , But a harsh word stirs up anger .

2  The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable , But the mouth of fools spouts folly .

3  The eyes of the Lord are in every place , Watching the evil and the good .

4  A soothing tongue is a tree of life , But perversion in it crushes the spirit .

5  A fool rejects his father's discipline , But he who regards reproof is sensible .

6  Great wealth is in the house of the righteous , But trouble is in the income of the wicked .

7  The lips of the wise spread knowledge , But the hearts of fools are not so .

8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord , But the prayer of the upright is His delight .

9  The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord , But He loves one who pursues righteousness .

10  Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way ; He who hates reproof will die .

11  Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord , How much e more the hearts of men e !

12  A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise .

13  A joyful heart makes a cheerful face , But when the heart is sad , the spirit is broken .

14  The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge , But the mouth of fools feeds on folly .

15  All the days of the afflicted are bad , But a cheerful heart has a continual feast .

16  Better is a little with the fear of the Lord Than great treasure and turmoil with it. 17  Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred .

18  A hot-tempered man stirs up strife , But the slow to anger calms a dispute .

19  The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns , But the path of the upright is a highway .

20  A wise son makes a father glad , But a foolish man despises his mother .

21  Folly is joy to him who lacks sense , But a man of understanding walks straight .

22  Without consultation , plans are frustrated , But with many counselors they succeed .

23  A man has joy in an apt answer , And how delightful is a timely word !

24  The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below .

25  The Lord will tear down the house of the proud , But He will establish the boundary of the widow .

26  Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord , But pleasant words are pure .

27  He who profits illicitly troubles his own house , But he who hates bribes will live .

28  The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer , But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things .

29  The Lord is far from the wicked , But He hears the prayer of the righteous .

30  Bright eyes gladden the heart ; Good news puts fat on the bones .

31  He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise .

32  He who neglects discipline despises himself , But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding .

33  The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom , And before honor comes humility .

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