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15 A soft answer turneth away wrath;

But a grievous word stirreth up anger.

2The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright;

But the mouth of fools poureth out folly.

3The eyes of Jehovah are in every place,

Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

4A gentle tongue is a tree of life;

But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

5A fool despiseth his father’s correction;

But he that regardeth reproof getteth prudence.

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 Jehovah;

But the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah;

But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

10There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the way;

And he that hateth reproof shall die.

11Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah:

How much more then the hearts of the children of men!

12A scoffer loveth not to be reproved;

He will not go unto the wise.

13A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance;

But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

14The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge;

But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

15All the days of the afflicted are evil;

But he that is of a cheerful heart hath a continual feast.

16Better is little, with the fear of Jehovah,

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 contention;

But he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns;

But the path of the upright is made a highway.

20A wise son maketh a glad father;

But a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom;

But a man of understanding maketh straight his going.

22Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed;

But in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

23A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth;

And a word in due season, how good is it!

24To the wise the way of life goeth upward,

That he may depart from Sheol beneath.

25Jehovah will root up the house of the proud;

But he will establish the border of the widow.

26Evil devices are an abomination to Jehovah;

But pleasant words are pure.

27He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house;

But he that hateth bribes shall live.

28The heart of the righteous studieth to answer;

But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

29Jehovah is far from the wicked;

But he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

30The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart;

And good tidings make the bones fat.

31The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life

Shall abide among the wise.

32He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul;

But he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.

33The fear of Jehovah is the instruction of wisdom;

And before honor goeth humility.


About American Standard Version

The ASV has long been regarded by many scholars as the most literal English translation since the King James Version—maybe the most literal translation ever. This has made the translation very popular for careful English Bible study, but not for ease of reading. While the KJV was translated entirely from “western manuscripts,” the ASV 1901 was influenced also by the older “eastern manuscripts” that form the basis for most of our modern English translations. Because the ASV 1901 is very difficult to find in print, Logos is pleased to be able to preserve and distribute this significant work. This is an excellent choice for comparative English study.

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