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Proverbs 15 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

15 A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
observing the wicked and the good.

The tongue that heals is a tree of life,
but a devious tongue[a] breaks the spirit.

A fool despises his father’s discipline,
but a person who accepts correction is sensible.

The house of the righteous has great wealth,
but trouble accompanies the income of the wicked.

The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge,
but not so the heart of fools.

The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the Lord,
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.

10 Discipline is harsh for the one who leaves the path;
the one who hates correction will die.

11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord
how much more, human hearts.

12 A mocker doesn’t love one who corrects him;
he will not consult the wise.

13 A joyful heart makes a face cheerful,
but a sad heart produces a broken spirit.

14 A discerning mind seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

15 All the days of the oppressed are miserable,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure with turmoil.

17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened ox with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but one slow to anger calms strife.

19 A slacker’s way is like a thorny hedge,
but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Foolishness brings joy to one without sense,
but a person with understanding walks a straight path.

22 Plans fail when there is no counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.

23 A person takes joy in giving an answer;[b]
and a timely word—how good that is!

24 For the prudent the path of life leads upward,
so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

25 The Lord tears apart the house of the proud,
but he protects the widow’s territory.

26 The Lord detests the plans of the one who is evil,
but pleasant words are pure.

27 The one who profits dishonestly troubles his household,
but the one who hates bribes will live.

28 The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering,
but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.

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

30 Bright eyes cheer the heart;
good news strengthens[c] the bones.

31 One who[d] listens to life-giving rebukes
will be at home among the wise.

32 Anyone who ignores discipline despises himself,
but whoever listens to correction acquires good sense.[e]

33 The fear of the Lord is what wisdom teaches,
and humility comes before honor.

Footnotes:

  1. 15:4 Lit but crookedness in it
  2. 15:23 Lit in an answer of his mouth
  3. 15:30 Lit makes fat
  4. 15:31 Lit An ear that
  5. 15:32 Lit acquires a heart
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Proverbs 15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 A soft answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,[a]
    but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
    keeping watch on the evil and the good.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
    but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
A fool despises a parent’s instruction,
    but the one who heeds admonition is prudent.
In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
    but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
    not so the minds of fools.
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 to the Lord,
    but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.
10 There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way,
    but one who hates a rebuke will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
    how much more human hearts!
12 Scoffers do not like to be rebuked;
    they will not go to the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance,
    but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
14 The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge,
    but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15 All the days of the poor are hard,
    but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
    than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
    than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
18 Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife,
    but those who are slow to anger calm contention.
19 The way of the lazy is overgrown with thorns,
    but the path of the upright is a level highway.
20 A wise child makes a glad father,
    but the foolish despise their mothers.
21 Folly is a joy to one who has no sense,
    but a person of understanding walks straight ahead.
22 Without counsel, plans go wrong,
    but with many advisers they succeed.
23 To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone,
    and a word in season, how good it is!
24 For the wise the path of life leads upward,
    in order to avoid Sheol below.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
    but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
26 Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
    but gracious words are pure.
27 Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households,
    but those who hate bribes will live.
28 The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer,
    but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.
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 good news refreshes the body.
31 The ear that heeds wholesome admonition
    will lodge among the wise.
32 Those who ignore instruction despise themselves,
    but those who heed admonition gain understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
    and humility goes before honor.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 15:2 Cn: Heb makes knowledge good
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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