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15 ¶ A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.

¶ The tongue of the wise shall adorn wisdom, but the mouth of fools shall speak foolishness.

¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding those who are evil and those who are good.

¶ The wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

¶ The fool despises his father’s chastening, but he that regards reproof shall become prudent.

¶ In the house of the righteous is much provision, but in the fruit of the wicked is trouble.

¶ The lips of the wise disperse wisdom, but the heart of the foolish does not so.

¶ The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

¶ The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD, but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

10 ¶ Chastening is grievous unto him that forsakes the way, but he that hates reproof shall die.

11 ¶ Sheol and hell are before the LORD; how much more then the hearts of men?

12 ¶ The scorner does not love the one that reproves him, neither will he go unto the wise.

13 ¶ A joyful heart makes a beautiful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is abated.

14 ¶ The heart of him that has understanding seeks wisdom, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

15 ¶ All the days of the poor are difficult, but he that is of a good heart has a continual feast.

16 ¶ Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

17 Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted calf and hatred therewith.

18 ¶ A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

19 ¶ The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the righteous is made plain.

20 ¶ The wise son makes a glad father, but the foolish man despises his mother.

21 ¶ Folly is joy to him that is destitute of understanding, but the man who is intelligent walks uprightly.

22 ¶ Without counsel purposes are disappointed, but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

23 ¶ A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

24 ¶ The way of life is uphill to the wise, that he may separate himself from Sheol below.

25 ¶ The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, but he will establish the inheritance of the widow.

26 ¶ The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but the speech of the pure is pure.

27 ¶ He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house, but he that hates gifts shall live.

28 ¶ The heart of the righteous studies to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

29 ¶ The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 ¶ The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones fat.

31 ¶ The ear that hears the reproof of life shall abide among the wise.

32 ¶ He that refuses chastening despises his own soul, but he that hears reproof has an understanding heart.

33 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honour is humility.

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