Contrast the Upright and the Wicked1 A a gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a ▼
▼ Lit painful, c harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The d tongue of the wise makes knowledge ▼ acceptable,
But the f mouth of fools spouts folly.
3 The g eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
4 A ▼
▼ Lit healingsoothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it ▼
▼ Lit is the crushing of the spiritcrushes the spirit.
5 A fool ▼
▼ Or despisesrejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.
6 Great wealth is in the house of the k 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 l sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But m 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 n pursues righteousness.
10 Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way;
He who hates reproof will die.
▼ I.e. the nether world, p Sheol and ▼
▼ I.e. place of destructionAbaddon lie open before the Lord,
How much more the r hearts of ▼
▼ Lit sons of Adammen!
12 A t scoffer does not love one who reproves him,
He will not go to the wise.
13 A u joyful heart makes a ▼ cheerful face,
▼ Lit in sadness of heartwhen the heart is x sad, the y spirit is broken.
14 The z 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 ab Better is a little with the ▼
▼ Or reverencefear of the Lord
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
17 ad Better is a ▼
▼ Or portiondish of ▼
▼ Or herbsvegetables where love is
Than a ag fattened ox served with hatred.
18 A ah hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But the ai slow to anger aj 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 ak wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man al despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who lacks ▼
▼ Lit heartsense,
But a man of understanding an walks straight.
22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they ▼
▼ Or are establishedsucceed.
23 A ap man has joy in an ▼
▼ Lit answer of his mouthapt answer,
And how delightful is a timely ar word!
24 The as path of life leads upward for the wise
That he may keep away from ▼
▼ I.e. the nether worldSheol below.
25 The Lord will au tear down the house of the proud,
But He will av establish the boundary of the aw widow.
26 Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
But pleasant words are pure.
27 He who ax profits illicitly troubles his own house,
But he who ay hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous az ponders how to answer,
But the ba mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The Lord is bb far from the wicked,
But He bc hears the prayer of the righteous.
▼ Lit The light of the eyes gladdensBright 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 be neglects discipline bf despises himself,
But he who bg listens to reproof acquires ▼
▼ Lit heartunderstanding.
33 The ▼
▼ Or reverencefear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
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