Proverbs

Proverbs 15 ©

Various observations of moral virtues and their contrary vices.

1

A aSOFT answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

2

The btongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: cbut the mouth of fools 1poureth out foolishness.

3

The deyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

4

2A ewholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

5

A ffool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

6

In gthe house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

7

The hlips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

8

The isacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: jbut the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9

The kway of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: lbut he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

10

3Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

11

mHell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

12

A nscorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

13

A omerry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14

The pheart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: qbut the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15

rAll the days of the afflicted are evil: sbut he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

16

tBetter is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

17

uBetter is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

18

A vwrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19

The wway of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but xthe way of the righteous is 4made plain.

20

A ywise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21

zFolly is joy to him that is 5destitute of wisdom: abut a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

22

bWithout counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

23

A cman hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken 6in due season, how good is it!

24

The dway of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

25

The eLORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

26

The fthoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: gbut the words of the pure are 7pleasant words.

f Ge. 6.5,6. ch. 6.16,18.
27

He hthat is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; ibut he that hateth gifts shall live.

28

The jheart of the righteous studieth to answer: but kthe mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

j ch. 16.23. 1Pe. 3.15. v.2,14,23.
29

The lLORD is far from the wicked: but mhe heareth the prayer of the righteous.

l Ps. 10.1; 34.16. Ep 2.12.
30

The nlight of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and oa good report maketh the bones fat.

o ch. 22.1. Ec. 7.1. Lu. 2.10,11. Ps. 89.15. Je. 15.16. ch. 3.8; 12.25; 16.24.
31

The pear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

32

He qthat refuseth 8instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that 9heareth reproof 10getteth understanding.

q v.5.
33

The rfear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; sand before honour is humility.