Proverbs 15 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 A soft answer will turn away wrath, but a word of trouble will stir {anger}.a 2 The tongue of the wise will dispense knowledge, but the mouth of fools will pour out folly. 3 In every place, the eyes of Yahweh keep watch over the evil and the good. 4 Gentlenessb of tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in itc [causes] a break in spirit. 5 A fool will despise the instruction of his father, but he who guards reproof is prudent. 6 [In] the house of the righteous [there is] much treasure, but the income of the wicked brings trouble. 7 The lips of the wise will spread knowledge, but the heartd of fools, not so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination of Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight. 9 An abomination of Yahweh is the way of the wicked, but he who pursues righteousness he will love. 10 Severe discipline [belongs] to him who forsakes the way; he who hates a rebuke will die. 11 Sheole and Abaddonf [are] before Yahweh, {how much more}g the hearts of the children of men! 12 A scoffer does not like {his rebuke};h to the wise he will not go. 13 A hearti of gladness will make good {countenance},j but in sorrow of heartk a spirit is broken. 14 The heart of him who understands will seek knowledge, but the faces of fools, theyl will feed on folly. 15 All the days of the poor [are] hard, but goodness of heartm [is] a continuous feast. 16 Better [is] little with the fear of Yahweh than great treasure and trouble with it.n 17 Better [is] a dinner of vegetables wheno love [is] there than a fattened ox and hatred with it.p 18 A man who is hot-tempered will stir up strife, but he who is slow [to] {anger},q he will calm contention. 19 The way of the lazy is like a hedge of thorns,r but the path of the upright [is] a highway. 20 A child of wisdom will make a father glad, but a {foolish person},s he despises his mother. 21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks {sense},t and a person of understanding {will walk upright}.u 22 Plans go wrong when there is no counsel, but with many advisors it will succeed. 23 Joy [belongs] to a man with answers in his mouth, and a word in its time, how good [it is]! 24 The path of life [leads] upward for him who has insight, in order to turn away from Sheol below. 25 The house of the proud, Yahweh will tear [it] down, but he will maintain the {property line}v of the widow. 26 Plans of evil [are] an abomination of Yahweh, but gracious words are pure. 27 He who makes trouble for his house [is] he who is greedy for unjust gain, but he who hates bribes will live. 28 A heartw of righteousness will ponder the answer, but a mouth of wickedness will pour out deceit. 29 Yahweh is far from the wicked, but the prayers of the righteous he will hear. 30 From the light of the eyes, the heartx will rejoice, and good news will enliven the bones.y 31 The ear of him who listens [to] admonitions of life, in the midst of the wise it will lodge. 32 He who ignores instruction despises himself,z but he who hears admonition gains heart.aa 33 Fear of Yahweh [is] the instruction of the wise, and before honor [comes] humility.
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