Proverbs 15 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger. 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongues of wise people use knowledge well. But the mouths of foolish people pour out 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 everywhere. They watch those who are evil and those who are good. 3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 A tongue that brings healing is like a tree of life. But a tongue that tells lies produces a broken spirit. 4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A foolish person turns his back on how his father has trained him. But anyone who accepts being corrected shows understanding. 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The houses of those who do what is right hold great wealth. But those who do what is wrong earn only trouble. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 The lips of wise people spread knowledge. But that's not true of the hearts of foolish people. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
8 The LORD hates the sacrifice of sinful people. But the prayers of honest people please him. 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The LORD hates how sinners live. But he loves those who run after what is right. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 Hard training is in store for anyone who leaves the right path. A person who hates to be corrected will die. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 Death and the Grave lie open in front of the Lord. So the hearts of mere men certainly lie open to him! 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more the hearts of men!
12 Anyone who makes fun of others doesn't like to be corrected. He won't ask wise people for advice. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 A happy heart makes a face look cheerful. But a sad heart produces a broken spirit. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 A heart that understands what is right looks for knowledge. But the mouths of foolish people feed on what is foolish. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of those who are crushed are filled with pain and suffering. But a cheerful heart enjoys a good time that never ends. 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 It is better to have respect for the LORD and have little than to be rich and have trouble. 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
17 A meal of vegetables where there is love is better than the finest meat where there is hatred. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A man who burns with anger stirs up fights. But a person who is patient calms things down. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 The way of people who don't want to work is blocked with thorns. But the path of honest people is a wide road. 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 glad. But a foolish son hates his mother. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 A person who has no sense enjoys doing foolish things. But a man who has understanding walks straight ahead. 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 when there are many advisers. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 Joy is found in giving the right answer. And how good is a word spoken at the right time! 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads up for those who are wise. It keeps them from going down to the grave. 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
25 The LORD tears down the proud person's house. But he keeps the widow's property safe. 25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
26 The LORD hates the thoughts of sinful people. But the thoughts of pure people are pleasing to him. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 Anyone who always wants more brings trouble to his family. But a person who refuses to be paid off will live. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The hearts of those who do right think about how they will answer. But the mouths of those who do wrong pour out evil. 28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The LORD is far away from those who do wrong. 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 A cheerful look brings joy to your heart. And good news gives health to your body. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 If you listen to a warning, you will live. You will be at home among those who are wise. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 Anyone who turns away from his training hates himself. But anyone who accepts being corrected gains understanding. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Having respect for the LORD teaches you how to live wisely. So don't be proud if you want to be honored. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.