19 The way of the [a]lazy one is like a hedge of thorns,
But the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A (A)wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man (B)despises his mother.
21 Foolishness is joy to one who lacks [b]sense,
But a person of understanding (C)walks straight.
22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they [c]succeed.
23 A (D)person has joy in an [d]apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely (E)word!
24 The (F)path of life leads upward for the wise,
So that he may keep away from [e]Sheol below.
25 The Lord will (G)tear down the house of the proud,
But He will (H)set the boundary of the (I)widow.
26 Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
But pleasant words are pure.
27 He who (J)profits illicitly troubles his own house,
But he who (K)hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous (L)ponders how to answer,
But the (M)mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The Lord is (N)far from the wicked,
But He (O)hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 [f]Bright eyes gladden the heart;
Good news [g]refreshes the bones.
31 One whose ear listens to a life-giving rebuke
Will stay among the wise.
32 One who (P)neglects discipline (Q)rejects himself,
But one who (R)listens to a rebuke acquires [h]understanding.
33 [i]The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.

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  1. Proverbs 15:19 Lit idle
  2. Proverbs 15:21 Lit heart
  3. Proverbs 15:22 Or are established
  4. Proverbs 15:23 Lit answer of his mouth
  5. Proverbs 15:24 I.e., the netherworld
  6. Proverbs 15:30 Lit The light of the eyes gladdens
  7. Proverbs 15:30 Lit makes fat
  8. Proverbs 15:32 Lit heart
  9. Proverbs 15:33 Or Reverence for

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