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The Lord Sees Everything

15 A kind answer
    soothes angry feelings,
    but harsh words
    stir them up.
Words of wisdom
come from the wise,
    but fools speak foolishness.

The Lord sees everything,
    whether good or bad.
Kind words are good medicine,
    but deceitful words
    can really hurt.
Don’t be a fool
and disobey your parents.
    Be smart! Accept correction.
Good people become wealthy,
    but those who are evil
    will lose what they have.
Words of wisdom
    make good sense;
    the thoughts of a fool
    make no sense at all.

The Lord is disgusted
    by gifts from the wicked,
    but it makes him happy
    when his people pray.
The Lord is disgusted
    with all who do wrong,
    but he loves everyone
    who does right.
10 If you turn from the right way,
    you will be punished;
    if you refuse correction,
    you will die.

11 If the Lord can see everything
in the world of the dead,
    he can see in our hearts.
12 Those who sneer at others
    don’t like to be corrected,
    and they won’t ask help
    from someone with sense.
13 Happiness makes you smile;
    sorrow can crush you.
14 Anyone with good sense
    is eager to learn more,
    but fools are hungry
    for foolishness.

15 The poor have a hard life,
    but being content is as good
    as an endless feast.
16 It’s better to obey the Lord
    and have only a little,
    than to be very rich
    and terribly confused.
17 A simple meal with love
is better than a feast
    where there is hatred.

18 Losing your temper
    causes a lot of trouble,
    but staying calm
    settles arguments.
19 Being lazy is like walking
    in a thorn patch,
    but everyone who does right
    walks on a smooth road.
20 Children with good sense
    make their parents happy,
    but foolish children
    are hateful to them.
21 Stupidity brings happiness
    to senseless fools,
    but everyone with good sense
    follows the straight path.

22 Without good advice
    everything goes wrong—
    it takes careful planning
    for things to go right.
23 Giving the right answer
at the right time
    makes everyone happy.
24 All who are wise follow a road
    that leads upward to life
    and away from death.

25 The Lord destroys the homes
    of those who are proud,
    but he protects the property
    of widows.
26 The Lord hates evil thoughts,
    but kind words please him.
27 Being greedy causes trouble
    for your family,
    but you protect yourself
    by refusing bribes.
28 Good people think
    before they answer,
    but the wicked speak evil
    without ever thinking.

29 The Lord never even hears
    the prayers of the wicked,
    but he answers the prayers
    of all who obey him.
30 A friendly smile
    makes you happy,
    and good news
    makes you feel strong.
31 Healthy correction is good,
    and if you accept it,
    you will be wise.
32 You hurt only yourself
    by rejecting instruction,
    but it makes good sense
    to accept it.
33 Showing respect to the Lord
    will make you wise,
    and being humble
    will bring honor to you.

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