1 # [ch. 25:15]; See Judg. 8:1-3 A soft answer turns away wrath,
but #See 1 Sam. 25:10-13; 1 Kgs. 12:13-16a harsh word stirs up anger.
2The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but #[ver. 28; ch. 12:23; 13:16; 18:2]the mouths of fools pour out folly.
3 # See Job 31:4 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 # [ch. 12:18] A gentle#15:4 Or healing tongue is #See ch. 3:18 a tree of life,
but #ch. 11:3perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 # [ch. 10:1] A fool #[Ps. 107:11] despises his father’s instruction,
but #[ch. 13:18]whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
6In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
7 # [Matt. 12:34, 35] The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
# [Matt. 12:34, 35] not so the hearts of fools.#15:7 Or the hearts of fools are not steadfast
8 # ch. 21:27; Eccles. 5:1; Isa. 1:11, 15 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but #[ver. 29]the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but he loves him #ch. 21:21; 1 Tim. 6:11; [ch. 11:19]who pursues righteousness.
10There is #[Isa. 1:5] severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;
# See ch. 12:1 whoever hates reproof will die.
11Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord;
how much more #2 Chr. 6:30; Ps. 44:21; John 2:24; See 1 Sam. 16:7the hearts of the children of man!
12 # See Ps. 1:1 A scoffer #Amos 5:10does not like to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
13 # [ver. 15; ch. 17:22] A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
but by #See ch. 12:25 sorrow of heart the spirit is #ch. 18:14crushed.
14 # ch. 14:6; 19:24 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15All the days of the afflicted are evil,
but #ver. 13the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.
16 # ch. 16:8; Ps. 37:16; [1 Tim. 6:6] Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 # ch. 17:1 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
than #[Matt. 22:4; Luke 15:23]a fattened ox and hatred with it.
18 # ch. 29:22; [ch. 16:28; 26:21] A hot-tempered man #ch. 28:25 stirs up strife,
but he who is #See ch. 14:29slow to anger quiets contention.
19The way of #ch. 19:24; 22:13 a sluggard is like a hedge of #ch. 22:5 thorns,
but the path of the upright is #Jer. 18:15a level highway.
20 # See ch. 29:3 A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 # ch. 10:23 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,
but a man of understanding #[Eph. 5:15]walks straight ahead.
22 # ch. 11:14; [ch. 20:18] Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed.
23To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and #ch. 25:11; [Isa. 50:4]a word in season, how good it is!
24The path of life leads upward #Col. 3:1, 2; [ch. 2:18, 19; Phil. 3:20]for the prudent,
that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
25The Lord tears down the house of #[ch. 29:23] the proud
but #[ch. 23:10] maintains #[Ps. 68:5; 146:9]the widow’s boundaries.
26 # ch. 6:16, 18 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,
but #ch. 16:24gracious words are pure.
27Whoever is #ch. 1:19; [Isa. 5:8; Jer. 17:11] greedy for unjust gain #ch. 11:29; [Josh. 7:25] troubles his own household,
but he who hates #ch. 17:23bribes will live.
28The heart of the righteous #Ps. 37:30 ponders how to answer,
but #[1 Pet. 3:15]; See ver. 2the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29The Lord is #[Ps. 18:41; 34:16] far from the wicked,
but he #Ps. 145:18, 19; [ver. 8]hears the prayer of the righteous.
Ps. 38:10 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and #[ch. 25:25]good news refreshes#15:30 Hebrew makes fat the bones.
31 # ver. 5; ch. 20:12; 25:12 The ear that listens to #[ch. 6:23]life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
32Whoever #[ch. 8:33] ignores instruction #See ch. 8:36 despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof #[ch. 19:8]gains intelligence.
33 # See ch. 1:7 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
and #ch. 18:12humility comes before honor.