Proverbs 15 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 By a soft answer wrath is turned away, but a bitter word is a cause of angry feelings. 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 Knowledge is dropping from the tongue of the wise; but from the mouth of the foolish comes a stream of foolish words. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. 3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 A comforting tongue is a tree of life, but a twisted tongue is a crushing of the spirit. 4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A foolish man puts no value on his father's training; but he who has respect for teaching has good sense. 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 In the house of the upright man there is a great store of wealth; but in the profits of the sinner there is trouble. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 The lips of the wise keep knowledge, but the heart of the foolish man is not right. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
8 The offering of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright man is his delight. 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The way of the evil-doer is disgusting to the Lord, but he who goes after righteousness is dear to him. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 There is bitter punishment for him who is turned from the way; and death will be the fate of the hater of teaching. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 Before the Lord are the underworld and destruction: how much more, then, the hearts of the children of men! 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more the hearts of men!
12 The hater of authority has no love for teaching: he will not go to the wise. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a shining face, but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The heart of the man of good sense goes in search of knowledge, but foolish things are the food of the unwise. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the troubled are evil; but he whose heart is glad has an unending feast. 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth together with trouble. 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better is a simple meal where love is, than a fat ox and hate with it. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 An angry man makes men come to blows, but he who is slow to get angry puts an end to fighting. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 Thorns are round the way of the hater of work; but the road of the hard worker becomes a highway. 19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man has no respect for his mother. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Foolish behaviour is joy to the unwise; but a man of good sense makes his way straight. 21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Where there are no wise suggestions, purposes come to nothing; but by a number of wise guides they are made certain. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A man has joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word at the right time, how good it is! 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
24 Acting wisely is the way of life, guiding a man away from the underworld. 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
25 The house of the man of pride will be uprooted by the Lord, but he will make safe the heritage of the widow. 25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
26 Evil designs are disgusting to the Lord, but the words of the clean-hearted are pleasing. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 He whose desires are fixed on profit is a cause of trouble to his family; but he who has no desire for offerings will have life. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the upright gives thought to his answer; but from the mouth of the evil-doer comes a stream of evil things. 28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The Lord is far from sinners, but his ear is open to the prayer of the upright. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes is a joy to the heart, and good news makes the bones fat. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 The man whose ear is open to the teaching of life will have his place among the wise. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 He who will not be controlled by training has no respect for his soul, but he who gives ear to teaching will get wisdom. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord is the teaching of wisdom; and a low opinion of oneself goes before honour. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.