Proverbs 15 NIV

1 A gentle answer1 turns away wrath,2 but a harsh word stirs up anger.

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2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,3 but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.4

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3 The eyes5 of the LORD are everywhere,6 keeping watch on the wicked and the good.7

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4 The tongue8 that brings healing is a tree of life,9 but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.10

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5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.11

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6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,12 but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.13

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7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;14 not so the hearts of fools.

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      8 The LORD detests the sacrifice15 of the wicked,16 but the prayer of the upright pleases him.17

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      9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked18 but he loves those who pursue righteousness.19

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      10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.20

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      11 Death and Destructiona lie open before the LORD 21-- how much more the hearts of men!22

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        • a 15:11 - Hebrew "Sheol and Abaddon"
          12 A mocker resents correction;23 he will not consult the wise.

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          13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,24 but heartache crushes the spirit.25

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              14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,26 but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

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              15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.27

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                  16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.28

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                  17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.29

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                  18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,30 but a patient man calms a quarrel.31

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                  19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,32 but the path of the upright is a highway.

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                  20 A wise son brings joy to his father,33 but a foolish man despises his mother.

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                  21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,34 but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

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                  22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,35 but with many advisers36 they succeed.37

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                  23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply38-- and how good is a timely word!39

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                  24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.b

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                    • b 15:24 - Hebrew "Sheol"
                      25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house40 but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.41

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                      26 The LORD detests the thoughts42 of the wicked,43 but those of the pure44 are pleasing to him.

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                      27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.45

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                      28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,46 but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.47

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                      29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.48

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                      30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.49

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                      31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.50

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                          32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,51 but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.52

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                          33 The fear of the LORD 53 teaches a man wisdom,c and humility comes before honor.54

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                            • c 15:33 - Or "Wisdom teaches the fear of the LORD"