1 1A soft answer turns away wrath, but 2a harsh word stirs up anger.

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2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but 3the mouths of fools pour out folly.

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3 4The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

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4 5A gentlea tongue is 6a tree of life, but 7perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

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5 8A fool 9despises his father's instruction, but 10whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

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6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
7 11The lips of the wise spread knowledge; 12not so the hearts of fools.b

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    • Ÿ 15:7 - Or the hearts of fools are not steadfast
      8 13The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but 14the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

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      9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him 15who pursues righteousness.

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      10 There is 16severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; 17whoever hates reproof will die.

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      11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD; how much more 18the hearts of the children of man!

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      12 19A scoffer 20does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

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      13 21A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by 22sorrow of heart the spirit is 23crushed.

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      14 24The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

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      15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, but 25the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

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          16 26Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.

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          17 27Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than 28a fattened ox and hatred with it.

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          18 29A hot-tempered man 30stirs up strife, but he who is 31slow to anger quiets contention.

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          19 The way of 32a sluggard is like a hedge of 33thorns, but the path of the upright is 34a level highway.

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          20 35A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

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          21 36Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding 37walks straight ahead.

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          22 38Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

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          23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and 39a word in season, how good it is!

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          24 The path of life leads upward 40for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

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          25 The LORD tears down the house of 41the proud but 42maintains 43the widow's boundaries.

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          26 44The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but 45gracious words are pure.

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          27 Whoever is 46greedy for unjust gain 47troubles his own household, but he who hates 48bribes will live.

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          28 The heart of the righteous 49ponders how to answer, but 50the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

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              29 The LORD is 51far from the wicked, but he 52hears the prayer of the righteous.

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              30 53The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and 54good news refreshesc the bones.

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                •   15:30 - Hebrew makes fat
                  31 55The ear that listens to 56life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

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                  32 Whoever 57ignores instruction 58despises himself, but he who listens to reproof 59gains intelligence.

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                  33 60The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and 61humility comes before honor.

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