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Proverbs 15 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 God doesn't miss a thing - he's alert to good and evil alike. 3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. 4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 Moral dropouts won't listen to their elders; welcoming correction is a mark of good sense. 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The lives of God-loyal people flourish; a misspent life is soon bankrupt. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow - there's nothing to them. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
8 God can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 It's a school of hard knocks for those who leave God's path, a dead-end street for those who hate God's rules. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 Even hell holds no secrets from God - do you think he can't read human hearts? Life Ascends to the Heights 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD -- how much more the hearts of men!
12 Know-it-alls don't like being told what to do; they avoid the company of wise men and women. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song. 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches. 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a bread crust shared in love than a slab of prime rib served in hate. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 Hot tempers start fights; a calm, cool spirit keeps the peace. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers; the diligent walk down a smooth road. 19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 Intelligent children make their parents proud; lazy students embarrass their parents. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 The empty-headed treat life as a plaything; the perceptive grasp its meaning and make a go of it. 21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 Congenial conversation - what a pleasure! The right word at the right time - beautiful! 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
24 Life ascends to the heights for the thoughtful - it's a clean about-face from descent into hell. 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
25 God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant; he stands with those who have no standing. 25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
26 God can't stand evil scheming, but he puts words of grace and beauty on display. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 A greedy and grasping person destroys community; those who refuse to exploit live and let live. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 Prayerful answers come from God-loyal people; the wicked are sewers of abuse. 28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 God keeps his distance from the wicked; he closely attends to the prayers of God-loyal people. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart, and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living - first you learn humility, then you experience glory. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.