Proverbs 15:1-15 (New International Version)

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1 A gentle answer1 turns away wrath,2 but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,3 but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.4 3 The eyes5 of the LORD are everywhere,6 keeping watch on the wicked and the good.7 4 The tongue8 that brings healing is a tree of life,9 but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.10 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.11 6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,12 but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.13 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;14 not so the hearts of fools. 8 The LORD detests the sacrifice15 of the wicked,16 but the prayer of the upright pleases him.17 9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked18 but he loves those who pursue righteousness.19 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.20 11 Death and Destructiona lie open before the LORD21-- how much more the hearts of men!22 12 A mocker resents correction;23 he will not consult the wise. 13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,24 but heartache crushes the spirit.25 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,26 but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. 15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.27
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