Proverbs 15

1A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

2The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
poureth: Heb. belcheth, or, bubbleth

3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.
A wholesome...: Heb. The healing of the tongue

5A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

6In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

7The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

10Correction isgrievous to him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Correction: or, Instruction

11Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

12A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go to the wise.

13A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

16Better islittle with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. 17Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred with it.

18A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
is made...: Heb. is raised up as a causey

20A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21Folly isjoy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
destitute...: Heb. void of heart

22Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

23A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good it is !
due...: Heb. his season

24The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

25The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
pleasant...: Heb. words of pleasantness

27He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth bribes shall live.

28The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

29The LORD isfar from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

30The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

31The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

32He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
instruction: or, correction
heareth: or, obeyeth
getteth...: Heb. possesseth an heart

33The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

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