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 .
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 .