Proverbs Chapter 15 |
1A gentle response allays wrath;
A harsh word provokes anger.
2The tongue of the wise produces much knowledge,
But the mouth of dullards pours out folly.
3The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
Observing the bad and the good.
4A healing tongue is a tree of life,
But a devious one makes for a broken spirit.
5A fool spurns the discipline of his father,
But one who heeds reproof becomes clever.
6In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
But in the harvest of the wicked there is trouble.
7The lips of the wise disseminate knowledge;
Not so the minds of dullards.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright pleases Him.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But He loves him who pursues righteousness.
10Discipline seems bad to him who forsakes the way;
He who spurns reproof will die.
11Sheol and Abaddon lie exposed to the Lord,
How much more the minds of men!
12The scoffer dislikes being reproved;
He will not resort to the wise.
13A joyful heart makes a cheerful face;
A sad heart makes a despondent mood.
14The mind of a prudent man seeks knowledge;
The mouth of the dullard pursues folly.
15All the days of a poor man are wretched,
But contentment is a feast without end.
16Better a little with fear of the Lord
Than great wealth with confusion.
17Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
Than a fattened ox where there is hate.
18A hot-tempered man provokes a quarrel;
A patient man calms strife.
19The way of a lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,
But the path of the upright is paved.
20A wise son makes his father happy;
A fool of a man humiliates his mother.
21Folly is joy to one devoid of sense;
A prudent man walks a straight path.
22Plans are foiled for want of counsel,
But they succeed through many advisers.
23A ready response is a joy to a man,
And how good is a word rightly timed!
24For an intelligent man the path of life leads upward,
In order to avoid Sheol below.
25The Lord will tear down the house of the proud,
But He will establish the homestead of the widow.
26Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord,
But pleasant words are pure.
27He who pursues ill-gotten gain makes trouble for his household;
He who spurns gifts will live long.
28The heart of the righteous man rehearses his answer,
But the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.
29The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30What brightens the eye gladdens the heart;
Good news puts fat on the bones.
31He whose ear heeds the discipline of life
Lodges among the wise.
32He who spurns discipline hates himself;
He who heeds reproof gains understanding.
33The fear of the Lord is the discipline of wisdom;
Humility precedes honor.