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Proverbs 15 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up. 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 When wise people speak, they make knowledge attractive, but stupid people spout nonsense. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The Lord sees what happens everywhere; he is watching us, whether we do good or evil. 3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit. 4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 It is foolish to ignore what your parents taught you; it is wise to accept their correction. 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 Righteous people keep their wealth, but the wicked lose theirs when hard times come. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 Knowledge is spread by people who are wise, not by fools. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
8 The Lord is pleased when good people pray, but hates the sacrifices that the wicked bring him. 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The Lord hates the ways of evil people, but loves those who do what is right. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 If you do what is wrong, you will be severely punished; you will die if you do not let yourself be corrected. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 Not even the world of the dead can keep the Lord from knowing what is there; how then can we hide our thoughts from God? 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD -- how much more the hearts of men!
12 Conceited people do not like to be corrected; they never ask for advice from those who are wiser. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 When people are happy, they smile, but when they are sad, they look depressed. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 The life of the poor is a constant struggle, but happy people always enjoy life. 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better to be poor and fear the Lord than to be rich and in trouble. 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better to eat vegetables with people you love than to eat the finest meat where there is hate. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 If you are lazy, you will meet difficulty everywhere, but if you are honest, you will have no trouble. 19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 Wise children make their fathers happy. Only fools despise their mothers. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Stupid people are happy with their foolishness, but the wise will do what is right. 21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Get all the advice you can, and you will succeed; without it you will fail. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion! 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
24 Wise people walk the road that leads upward to life, not the road that leads downward to death. 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
25 The Lord will destroy the homes of arrogant men, but he will protect a widow's property. 25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
26 The Lord hates evil thoughts, but he is pleased with friendly words. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 Try to make a profit dishonestly, and you get your family in trouble. Don't take bribes and you will live longer. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 Good people think before they answer. Evil people have a quick reply, but it causes trouble. 28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 When good people pray, the Lord listens, but he ignores those who are evil. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Smiling faces make you happy, and good news makes you feel better. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 If you pay attention when you are corrected, you are wise. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 If you refuse to learn, you are hurting yourself. If you accept correction, you will become wiser. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Reverence for the Lord is an education in itself. You must be humble before you can ever receive honors. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.