Proverbs 15:20-30 NIV

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,1 but a foolish man despises his mother.

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21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,2 but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

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22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,3 but with many advisers4 they succeed.5

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23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply6-- and how good is a timely word!7

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

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    • b 15:24 - Hebrew "Sheol"
      25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house8 but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.9

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      26 The LORD detests the thoughts10 of the wicked,11 but those of the pure12 are pleasing to him.

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      27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.13

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      28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,14 but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.15

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      29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.16

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      30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.17

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