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15 A soft answer will turn away wrath,

but a word of trouble will stir anger.a

The tongue of the wise will dispense knowledge,

but the mouth of fools will pour out folly.

In every place, the eyes of Yahweh

keep watch over the evil and the good.

Gentlenessb of tongue is a tree of life,

but perverseness in itc causes a break in spirit.

A fool will despise the instruction of his father,

but he who guards reproof is prudent.

In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,

but the income of the wicked brings trouble.

The lips of the wise will spread knowledge,

but the heartd of fools, not so.

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination of Yahweh,

but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

An abomination of Yahweh is the way of the wicked,

but he who pursues righteousness he will love.

10 Severe discipline belongs to him who forsakes the way;

he who hates a rebuke will die.

11 Sheole and Abaddonf are before Yahweh,

how much moreg the hearts of the children of men!

12 A scoffer does not like his rebuke;h

to the wise he will not go.

13 A hearti of gladness will make good countenance,j

but in sorrow of heartk a spirit is broken.

14 The heart of him who understands will seek knowledge,

but the faces of fools, theyl will feed on folly.

15 All the days of the poor are hard,

but goodness of heartm is a continuous feast.

16 Better is little with the fear of Yahweh

than great treasure and trouble with it.n

17 Better is a dinner of vegetables wheno love is there

than a fattened ox and hatred with it.p

18 A man who is hot-tempered will stir up strife,

but he who is slow to anger,q he will calm contention.

19 The way of the lazy is like a hedge of thorns,r

but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A child of wisdom will make a father glad,

but a foolish person,s he despises his mother.

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

and a person of understanding will walk upright.u

22 Plans go wrong when there is no counsel,

but with many advisors it will succeed.

23 Joy belongs to a man with answers in his mouth,

and a word in its time, how good it is!

24 The path of life leads upward for him who has insight,

in order to turn away from Sheol below.

25 The house of the proud, Yahweh will tear it down,

but he will maintain the property linev of the widow.

26 Plans of evil are an abomination of Yahweh,

but gracious words are pure.

27 He who makes trouble for his house is he who is greedy for unjust gain,

but he who hates bribes will live.

28 A heartw of righteousness will ponder the answer,

but a mouth of wickedness will pour out deceit.

29 Yahweh is far from the wicked,

but the prayers of the righteous he will hear.

30 From the light of the eyes, the heartx will rejoice,

and good news will enliven the bones.y

31 The ear of him who listens to admonitions of life,

in the midst of the wise it will lodge.

32 He who ignores instruction despises himself,z

but he who hears admonition gains heart.a

33 Fear of Yahweh is the instruction of the wise,

and before honor comes humility.


About The Lexham English Bible

The Lexham English Bible contains a translation of the original languages into smooth, readable English. It also contains copious footnotes which address translation issues, instances of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, and various textual-critical issues. This translation also indicates the use of idioms in the Greek and Hebrew text. In cases where a literal rendering of Greek or Hebrew would prevent a smooth English translation, footnotes indicate the literal English translation, accompanied by explanatory notes as necessary.


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