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Proverbs 15

1+ A soft answer turns away wrath,

but + a harsh word stirs up anger.

2The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,

but + the mouths of fools pour out folly.

3+ The eyes of the Lord are in every place,

keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4+ A gentle+ tongue is + a tree of life,

but + perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

5+ A fool + despises his father’s instruction,

but + whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

6In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,

but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.

7+ The lips of the wise spread knowledge;

+ not so the hearts of fools.+

8+ The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,

but + the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,

but he loves him + who pursues righteousness.

10There is + severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;

+ whoever hates reproof will die.

11Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord;

how much more + the hearts of the children of man!

12+ A scoffer + does not like to be reproved;

he will not go to the wise.

13+ A glad heart makes a cheerful face,

but by + sorrow of heart the spirit is + crushed.

14+ 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 + the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

16+ Better is a little with the fear of the Lord

than great treasure and trouble with it.

17+ Better is a dinner of herbs where love is

than + a fattened ox and hatred with it.

18+ A hot-tempered man + stirs up strife,

but he who is + slow to anger quiets contention.

19The way of + a sluggard is like a hedge of + thorns,

but the path of the upright is + a level highway.

20+ A wise son makes a glad father,

but a foolish man despises his mother.

21+ Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,

but a man of understanding + walks straight ahead.

22+ Without counsel plans fail,

but with many advisers they succeed.

23To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,

and + a word in season, how good it is!

24The path of life leads upward + for the prudent,

that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

25The Lord tears down the house of + the proud

but + maintains + the widow’s boundaries.

26+ The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,

but + gracious words are pure.

27Whoever is + greedy for unjust gain + troubles his own household,

but he who hates + bribes will live.

28The heart of the righteous + ponders how to answer,

but + the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

29The Lord is + far from the wicked,

but he + hears the prayer of the righteous.

30+ The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,

and + good news refreshes+ the bones.

31+ The ear that listens to + life-giving reproof

will dwell among the wise.

32Whoever + ignores instruction + despises himself,

but he who listens to reproof + gains intelligence.

33+ The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,

and + humility comes before honor.

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