1A sensitive answer turns back wrath,
but an offensive word stirs up anger.
2The tongue of the wise enhances knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool gushes with stupidity.
3The Lord’s eyes are everywhere,
keeping watch on evil and good people.
4Wholesome speech is a tree of life,
but dishonest talk breaks the spirit.
5A fool doesn’t like a father’s instruction,
but those who heed correction are mature.
6Great treasure is in the house of the righteous,
but the gain of the wicked brings trouble.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the hearts of fools have none.
8The Lord detests the sacrifices of the wicked,
but favors the prayers of those who do right.
9The Lord detests the path of the wicked,
but loves those who pursue righteousness.
10Discipline is severe for those who abandon the way;
those who hate correction will die.
11The grave#Heb Sheol and the underworld#Heb Abaddon lie open before the Lord;
how much more the hearts of human beings!
12Mockers don’t like those who correct them.
They won’t go to the wise.
13A joyful heart brightens one’s face,
but a troubled heart breaks the spirit.
14An understanding heart seeks knowledge;
but fools feed on folly.
15All the days of the needy are hard,
but a happy heart has a continual feast.
16Better a little with fear of the Lord
than a great treasure with turmoil.
17Better a meal of greens with love
than a plump calf with hate.
18Hotheads stir up conflict,
but patient people calm down strife.
19The path of the lazy is like a hedge of thorns,
but the way of those who do right is a clear road.
20A wise child brings joy to a father,
but fools despise their mothers.
21Folly is joy to those who lack sense,
but those with understanding walk straight ahead.
22Plans fail with no counsel,
but with many counselors they succeed.
23To give an appropriate answer is a joy;
how good is a word at the right time!
24For those with insight, life is an upward path,
avoiding the grave #Heb Sheol below.
25The Lord snatches away the arrogant one’s house,
but he preserves the widow’s boundaries.
26The Lord detests evil plans,
but gracious words are pure.
27Those who acquire things unjustly gain trouble for their house,
but those who hate bribes will live.
28The righteous heart reflects before answering,
but the wicked mouth blurts out evil.
29The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he listens to the prayers of the righteous.
30Bright eyes give joy to the heart;
good news strengthens the bones.
31The ear that listens to life-giving correction
dwells among the wise.
32Those who refuse discipline despise themselves,
but those who listen to correction gain understanding.
33The fear of the Lord is wise instruction,
and humility comes before respect.