Proverbs 15:1-33 NLT

Proverbs 15:1-33 NLT [1] A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. [2] The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. [3] The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. [4] Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. [5] Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise. [6] There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. [7] The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give. [8] The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. [9] The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. [10] Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die. [11] Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart! [12] Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise. [13] A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. [14] A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. [15] For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. [16] Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. [17] A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. [18] A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them. [19] A lazy person's way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway. [20] Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. [21] Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path. [22] Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. [23] Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! [24] The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind. [25] The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. [26] The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words. [27] Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live. [28] The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. [29] The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. [30] A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. [31] If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. [32] If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. [33] Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.

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