|A soft answer turns away wrath, |
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
|The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge, |
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
|The eyes of the LORD are in every place, |
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
|A gentle tongue is a tree of life, |
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
|A fool despises his father's instruction, |
but he who heeds admonition is prudent.
|In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, |
but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
|The lips of the wise spread knowledge; |
not so the minds of fools.
|The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, |
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
|The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, |
but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
|There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; |
he who hates reproof will die.
|Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, |
how much more the hearts of men!
|A scoffer does not like to be reproved; |
he will not go to the wise.
|A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, |
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
|The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, |
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
|All the days of the afflicted are evil, |
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
|Better is a little with the fear of the LORD |
than great treasure and trouble with it.
|Better is a dinner of herbs where love is |
than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
|A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, |
but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
|The way of a sluggard is overgrown with thorns, |
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
|A wise son makes a glad father, |
but a foolish man despises his mother.
|Folly is a joy to him who has no sense, |
but a man of understanding walks aright.
|Without counsel plans go wrong, |
but with many advisers they succeed.
|To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, |
and a word in season, how good it is!
|The wise man's path leads upward to life, |
that he may avoid Sheol beneath.
|The LORD tears down the house of the proud, |
but maintains the widow's boundaries.
|The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, |
the words of the pure are pleasing to him.
|He who is greedy for unjust gain makes trouble for his household, |
but he who hates bribes will live.
|The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, |
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
|The LORD is far from the wicked, |
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
|The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, |
and good news refreshes the bones.
|He whose ear heeds wholesome admonition |
will abide among the wise.
|He who ignores instruction despises himself, |
but he who heeds admonition gains understanding.
|The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,|
and humility does before honor.
|<< | Proverbs: 15 | >>|