Respond gently when you are confronted
and you’ll defuse the rage of another.
Responding with sharp, cutting words will only make it worse.
Don’t you know that being angry
can ruin the testimony of even the wisest of men?
When wisdom speaks, understanding becomes attractive.
But the words of the fool make their ignorance look laughable.
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere
and he takes note of everything that happens.
He watches over his lovers,
and he also sees the wickedness of the wicked.
When you speak healing words,
you offer others fruit from the tree of life.
But unhealthy, negative words do nothing but crush their hopes.
You’re stupid to mock the instruction of a father,
but welcoming correction will make you brilliant.
There is power in the house of the righteous,
but the house of the wicked is filled with trouble,
no matter how much money they have.
When wisdom speaks, revelation-knowledge is released,
but finding true wisdom in the word of a fool is futile.
It is despicable to the Lord
when people use the worship of the Almighty
as a cloak for their sin,
but every prayer of his godly lovers is pleasing to his heart.
The Lord detests the lifestyle of the wicked,
but he loves those who pursue purity.
Severe punishment awaits the one
who turns away from the truth,
and those who rebel against correction will die.
Even hell itself holds no secrets from the Lord God,
for all is exposed before his eyes,
and so much more the heart of every human being.
The know-it-all never esteems the one who tries to correct him.
He refuses to seek good advice from the wise.