A gentle answer1 turns away wrath,2 but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise adorns 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 soothing tongue8 is a tree of life,9 but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.105
A fool spurns a parent'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 ruin.137
The lips of the wise spread knowledge,14 but the hearts of fools are not upright.
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 wicked,18 but he loves those who pursue righteousness.1910
Stern discipline awaits those who leave the path; those who hate correction will die.2011
Death and Destructiona lie open before the LORD21-- how much more do human hearts!2212
Mockers resent correction,23 so they avoid 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 small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.2918
The hot-tempered stir up dissension,30 but those who are patient calm a quarrel.3119
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,32 but the path of the upright is a highway.
Wise children bring joy to their father,33 but foolish children despise their mother.
Folly brings joy to those who have no sense,34 but those who have understanding keep a straight course.
Plans fail for lack of counsel,35 but with many advisers36 they succeed.3723
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply38-- and how good is a timely word!3924
The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
The LORD tears down the house of the proud,40 but he sets the widow's boundary stones in place.4126
The LORD detests the thoughts42 of the wicked,43 but gracious words are pure44 in his sight.
The greedy bring ruin to their households, but those who hate 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
Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.4931
Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.5032
Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,51 but those who heed correction gain understanding.5233
Wisdom's instruction is to fear the LORD,53 and humility comes before honor.54