1A soft answer turneth away wrath:
but grievous words stir up anger.
2The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright:
but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
beholding the evil and the good.
4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:
but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5A fool despiseth his father's instruction:
but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6In the house of the righteous is much treasure:
but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:
but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord:
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord:
but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way:
and he that hateth reproof shall die.
11Hell#15.11,24 hell, Hebrew Sheol. and destruction are before the Lord:
how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him:
neither will he go unto the wise.
13A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:
but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge:
but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15All the days of the afflicted are evil:
but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16Better is little with the fear of the Lord,
than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18A wrathful man stirreth up strife:
but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns:
but the way of the righteous is made plain.
20A wise son maketh a glad father:
but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom:
but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
22Without counsel purposes are disappointed:
but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:
and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24The way of life is above to the wise,
that he may depart from hell#15.11,24 hell, Hebrew Sheol. beneath.
25The Lord will destroy the house of the proud:
but he will establish the border of the widow.
26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord:
but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house;
but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:
but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29The Lord is far from the wicked:
but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart:
and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31The ear that heareth the reproof of life
abideth among the wise.
32He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul:
but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom;
and before honor is humility.