Proverbs 15 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The wise person makes learning a joy; fools spout only foolishness. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. 3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. 4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise. 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
8 The LORD hates the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The LORD despises the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely punished; whoever hates correction will die. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 Even the depths of Death and Destruction are known by the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart! 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more the hearts of men!
12 Mockers don't love those who rebuke them, so they stay away from the wise. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash. 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 For the poor, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is 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 have little with fear for the LORD than to have great treasure with turmoil. 16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
17 A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hothead starts fights; a cool-tempered person tries to stop them. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 A lazy person has trouble all through life; the path of the upright is easy! 19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Foolishness brings joy to those who have no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path. 21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors bring success. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing 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 the wise leads to life above; they leave the grave behind. 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
25 The LORD destroys the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. 25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.
26 The LORD despises the thoughts of the wicked, but he delights in pure words. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 Dishonest money brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live. 27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The godly think before speaking; the wicked spout evil words. 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 prayers of the righteous. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 If you reject criticism, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Fear of the LORD teaches a person to be wise; humility precedes honor. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.