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15 A gentle answerr turns away wrath,s

but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,t

but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.u

The eyesv of the Lord are everywhere,w

keeping watch on the wicked and the good.x

The soothing tonguey is a tree of life,z

but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.a

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,

but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.b

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,c

but the income of the wicked brings ruin.d

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,e

but the hearts of fools are not upright.

The Lord detests the sacrificef of the wicked,g

but the prayer of the upright pleases him.h

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,i

but he loves those who pursue righteousness.j

10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;

the one who hates correction will die.k

11 Death and Destructiona lie open before the Lordl

how much more do human hearts!m

12 Mockers resent correction,n

so they avoid the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,o

but heartache crushes the spirit.p

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,q

but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,

but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.r

16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord

than great wealth with turmoil.s

17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love

than a fattened calf with hatred.t

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,u

but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.v

19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,w

but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,x

but a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,y

but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,z

but with many advisersa they succeed.b

23 A person finds joy in giving an apt replyc

and how good is a timely word!d

24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent

to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,e

but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.f

26 The Lord detests the thoughtsg of the wicked,h

but gracious words are purei in his sight.

27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,

but the one who hates bribes will live.j

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,k

but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.l

29 The Lord is far from the wicked,

but he hears the prayer of the righteous.m

30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,

and good news gives health to the bones.n

31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction

will be at home among the wise.o

32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,p

but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.q

33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,r

and humility comes before honor.s


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