Proverbs 15:21-31 NIV

21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,1 but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

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22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,2 but with many advisers3 they succeed.4

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23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply5-- and how good is a timely word!6

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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 house7 but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.8

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      26 The LORD detests the thoughts9 of the wicked,10 but those of the pure11 are pleasing to him.

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      27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.12

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      28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,13 but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.14

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      29 The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.15

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      30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.16

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      31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.17

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