Tongue of the Wise
1A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.
3The eyes of Adonai are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.
4A healing tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful one crushes the spirit.
5A fool despises his father’s discipline, but one who accepts reproof is smart.
6The house of the righteous has great wealth, but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Adonai, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
Pursue Righteousness and Reproof
9Adonai detests the way of the wicked, but loves those who pursue righteousness.
10Stern correction awaits one who forsakes the way. One who hates reproof will die.
11Sheol and Abaddon are before Adonai— how much more the hearts of people!
12A mocker dislikes one who corrects him; he will not go to the wise.
Heart Attitude Matters
13A joyful heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14A discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16Better is little with the fear of Adonai than great wealth with turmoil.
17Better a meal of vegetables where there is love, than a fattened ox where there is hatred.
18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but one who is slow to anger calms a quarrel.
19The way of the slacker is a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
20A wise child brings joy to his father, but a foolish person despises his mother.
21Folly is joy to one who lacks sense, but one with discernment walks straight.
22Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23A person has joy in an appropriate answer— how good is a timely word.
24The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to Sheol.
25Adonai tears down a proud man’s house, but He maintains the widow’s boundary.
26Evil thoughts are an abomination to Adonai, but pleasant words are pure.
27One greedy for gain troubles his household, but whoever hates bribes will live.
28A righteous heart thinks before answering, but a wicked mouth blurts out evil things.
29Adonai is far from the wicked, but hears the prayer of the righteous.
30Bright eyes bring joy to the heart. Good news gives health to the bones.
31One whose ear heeds a life-giving reproof dwells among the wise.
32Whoever avoids correction despises himself, but whoever heeds reproof acquires understanding.
33The fear of Adonai is the discipline of wisdom, and humility comes before honor.