A gentle answer1 turns away wrath,2 but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,3 but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.43
The eyes5 of the LORD are everywhere,6 keeping watch on the wicked and the good.74
The tongue8 that brings healing is a tree of life,9 but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.105
A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.116
The house of the righteous contains great treasure,12 but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.137
The lips of the wise spread knowledge;14 not so the hearts of fools.
The LORD detests the sacrifice15 of the wicked,16 but the prayer of the upright pleases him.179
The LORD detests the way of the wicked18 but he loves those who pursue righteousness.1910
Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.2011
Death and Destructiona lie open before the LORD21-- how much more the hearts of men!2212
A mocker resents correction;23 he will not consult the wise.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful,24 but heartache crushes the spirit.2514
The discerning heart seeks knowledge,26 but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.2716
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.2817
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.2918
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,30 but a patient man calms a quarrel.3119
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,32 but the path of the upright is a highway.
A wise son brings joy to his father,33 but a foolish man despises his mother.
Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,34 but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.
Plans fail for lack of counsel,35 but with many advisers36 they succeed.3723
A man finds joy in giving an apt reply38-- and how good is a timely word!3924
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.b25
The LORD tears down the proud man's house40 but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.4126
The LORD detests the thoughts42 of the wicked,43 but those of the pure44 are pleasing to him.
A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.4528
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,46 but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.4729
The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.4830
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.4931
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.5032
He who ignores discipline despises himself,51 but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.5233
The fear of the LORD53 teaches a man wisdom,c and humility comes before honor.54