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Proverbs 15 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 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 wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father's instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent. 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked 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 disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright 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 wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But He loves him who follows righteousness. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 Hell and Destruction are before the Lord; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men. 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD -- how much more the hearts of men!
12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by 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 him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual 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 treasure with trouble. 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is 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 father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly. 21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
24 The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below. 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 house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. 25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, But the words of the pure are pleasant. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. 28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.