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Proverbs 15 RSV/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 dispenses knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. 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 gentle 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 heeds admonition 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 trouble befalls the income of the wicked. 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the minds of fools. 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 pursues righteousness. 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; he who hates reproof will die. 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, how much more the hearts of men! 11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD -- how much more the hearts of men!
12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. 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 a cheerful 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 and trouble with it. 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 ox and hatred with it. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. 18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
19 The way of a sluggard is overgrown with thorns, but the path of the upright is a level 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 despises his mother. 20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is a joy to him who has no sense, but a man of understanding walks aright. 21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Without counsel plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is! 23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply-- and how good is a timely word!
24 The wise man's path leads upward to life, that he may avoid Sheol beneath. 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 house of the proud, but maintains the widow's boundaries. 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, the words of the pure are pleasing to him. 26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 He who is greedy for unjust gain makes trouble for his household, 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 mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out 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 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 good news refreshes the bones. 30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
31 He whose ear heeds wholesome admonition will abide among the wise. 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
32 He who ignores instruction despises himself, but he who heeds admonition gains understanding. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor. 33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.