1A gentle answer will calm a person’s anger,
but an unkind answer will cause more anger.
2Wise people use knowledge when they speak,
but fools pour out foolishness.
3The Lord’s eyes see everything;
he watches both evil and good people.
4As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life,
but dishonest words crush the spirit.
5Fools reject their parents’ correction,
but anyone who accepts correction is wise.
6Much wealth is in the houses of good people,
but evil people get nothing but trouble.
7Wise people use their words to spread knowledge,
but there is no knowledge in the thoughts of fools.
8The Lord hates the sacrifice that the wicked offer,
but he likes the prayers of honest people.
9The Lord hates what evil people do,
but he loves those who do what is right.
10The person who quits doing what is right will be punished,
and the one who hates to be corrected will die.
11The Lord knows what is happening in the world of the dead,
so he surely knows the thoughts of the living.
12Those who make fun of wisdom don’t like to be corrected;
they will not ask the wise for advice.
13Happiness makes a person smile,
but sadness can break a person’s spirit.
14People with understanding want more knowledge,
but fools just want more foolishness.
15Every day is hard for those who suffer,
but a happy heart is like a continual feast.
16It is better to be poor and respect the Lord
than to be wealthy and have much trouble.
17It is better to eat vegetables with those who love you
than to eat meat with those who hate you.
18People with quick tempers cause trouble,
but those who control their tempers stop a quarrel.
19A lazy person’s life is like a patch of thorns,
but an honest person’s life is like a smooth highway.
20Wise children make their father happy,
but foolish children disrespect their mother.
21A person without wisdom enjoys being foolish,
but someone with understanding does what is right.
22Plans fail without good advice,
but they succeed with the advice of many others.
23People enjoy giving good advice.
Saying the right word at the right time is so pleasing.
24Wise people’s lives get better and better.
They avoid whatever would cause their death.
25The Lord will tear down the proud person’s house,
but he will protect the widow’s property.
26The Lord hates evil thoughts
but is pleased with kind words.
27Greedy people bring trouble to their families,
but the person who can’t be paid to do wrong will live.
28Good people think before they answer,
but the wicked simply pour out evil.
29The Lord does not listen to the wicked,
but he hears the prayers of those who do right.
30Good news makes you feel better.
Your happiness will show in your eyes.
31If you listen to correction to improve your life,
you will live among the wise.
32Those who refuse correction hate themselves,
but those who accept correction gain understanding.
33Respect for the Lord will teach you wisdom.
If you want to be honored, you must be humble.
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