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15 A asoft answer turns away wrath,

But ba harsh word stirs up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,

cBut the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

3 dThe eyes of the Lord are in every place,

Keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4 A 1wholesome tongue is a tree of life,

But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

5 eA fool despises his father’s instruction,

fBut he who 2receives correction is prudent.

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

But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.

7 The lips of the wise 3disperse knowledge,

But the heart of the fool does not do so.

8 gThe sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,

But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

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

But He loves him who hfollows righteousness.

10 iHarsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,

And jhe who hates correction will die.

11 kHell 4and 5Destruction are before the Lord;

So how much more lthe hearts of the sons of men.

12 mA scoffer does not love one who corrects him,

Nor will he go to the wise.

13 nA merry heart makes a cheerful 6countenance,

But oby sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,

But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,

pBut he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

16 qBetter is a little with the fear of the Lord,

Than great treasure with trouble.

17 rBetter is a dinner of 7herbs where love is,

Than a fatted calf with hatred.

18 sA wrathful man stirs up strife,

But he who is slow to anger allays contention.

19 tThe way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,

But the way of the upright is a highway.

20 uA wise son makes a father glad,

But a foolish man despises his mother.

21 vFolly is joy to him who is destitute of 8discernment,

wBut a man of understanding walks uprightly.

22 xWithout counsel, plans go awry,

But in the multitude of counselors they are established.

23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,

And ya word spoken 9in due season, how good it is!

24 zThe way of life winds upward for the wise,

That he may aturn away from 1hell below.

25 bThe Lord will destroy the house of the proud,

But cHe will establish the boundary of the widow.

26 dThe thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,

eBut the words of the pure are pleasant.

27 fHe who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,

But he who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous gstudies how to answer,

But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.

29 hThe Lord is far from the wicked,

But iHe hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,

And a good report makes the bones 2healthy.

31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life

Will abide among the wise.

32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,

But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.

33 jThe fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,

And kbefore honor is humility.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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