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Proverbs 15 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 A gentle answer will calm a person's anger, but an unkind answer will cause more anger. 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 Wise people use knowledge when they speak, but fools pour out foolishness. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The Lord's eyes see everything; he watches both evil and good people. 3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life, but dishonest words crush the spirit. 4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 Fools reject their parents' correction, but anyone who accepts correction is wise. 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 Much wealth is in the houses of good people, but evil people get nothing but trouble. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 Wise people use their words to spread knowledge, but there is no knowledge in the thoughts of fools. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
8 The Lord hates the sacrifice that the wicked offer, but he likes the prayers of honest people. 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The Lord hates what evil people do, but he loves those who do what is right. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 The person who quits doing what is right will be punished, and the one who hates to be corrected will die. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 The Lord knows what is happening in the world of the dead, so he surely knows the thoughts of the living. 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD -- how much more the hearts of men!
12 Those who make fun of wisdom don't like to be corrected; they will not ask the wise for advice. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 Happiness makes a person smile, but sadness can break a person's spirit. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 People with understanding want more knowledge, but fools just want more foolishness. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 Every day is hard for those who suffer, but a happy heart is like a continual feast. 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 It is better to be poor and respect the Lord than to be wealthy and have much trouble. 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
17 It is better to eat vegetables with those who love you than to eat meat with those who hate you. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 People with quick tempers cause trouble, but those who control their tempers stop a quarrel. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 A lazy person's life is like a patch of thorns, but an honest person's life is like a smooth 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 his father happy, but a foolish son disrespects his mother. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 A person without wisdom enjoys being foolish, but someone with understanding does what is right. 21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail without good advice, but they succeed with the advice of many others. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 People enjoy giving good advice. Saying the right word at the right time is so pleasing. 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
24 Wise people's lives get better and better. They avoid whatever would cause their death. 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
25 The Lord will tear down the proud person's house, but he will protect the 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 is pleased with kind words. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 Greedy people bring trouble to their families, but the person who can't be paid to do wrong will live. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 Good people think before they answer, but the wicked simply pour out evil. 28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The Lord does not listen to the wicked, but he hears the prayers of those who do right. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Good news makes you feel better. Your happiness will show in your eyes. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 If you listen to correction to improve your life, you will live among the wise. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 Those who refuse correction hate themselves, but those who accept correction gain understanding. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Respect for the Lord will teach you wisdom. If you want to be honored, you must be humble. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.