Proverbs 15 New Life Version (NLV)
15 A gentle answer turns away anger, but a sharp word causes anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses much learning in a good way, but the mouth of fools speaks in a foolish way.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the bad and the good.
4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but a sinful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A fool turns away from the strong teaching of his father, but he who remembers the strong words spoken to him is wise.
6 Great riches are in the house of those who are right with God, but trouble is what the sinful will receive.
7 The lips of the wise spread much learning, but the minds of fools do not.
8 The Lord hates the gifts of the sinful, but the prayer of the faithful is His joy.
9 The Lord hates the way of the sinful, but He loves him who follows what is right and good.
10 He who turns from the right way will be punished. He who hates strong words spoken to him will die.
11 The world of the dead lies open before the Lord. How much more the hearts of men!
12 A man who laughs at the truth has no love for the one who speaks strong words to him. He will not go to the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a happy face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
14 The mind of him who has understanding looks for much learning, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolish ways.
15 All the days of the suffering are hard, but a glad heart has a special supper all the time.
16 A little with the fear of the Lord is better than great riches with trouble.
17 A dish of vegetables with love is better than eating the best meat with hate.
18 A man with a bad temper starts fights, but he who is slow to anger quiets fighting.
19 The path of the lazy man is grown over with thorns, but the path of the faithful is a good road.
20 A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man hates his mother.
21 A foolish way is joy to him who has no wisdom, but a man of understanding walks straight.
22 Plans go wrong without talking together, but they will go well when many wise men talk about what to do.
23 To give a good answer is a joy to a man, and how pleasing is a word given at the right time!
24 The path of life leads up for the wise, so he may keep away from hell below.
25 The Lord will tear down the house of the proud, but He will make a place for the woman whose husband has died.
26 The Lord hates the plans of the sinful, but the words of the pure are pleasing to Him.
27 He who gets things by doing wrong brings trouble to his family, but he who will not be paid in secret for wrong-doing will live.
28 The mind of the one who is right with God thinks about how to answer, but the mouth of the sinful pours out sinful things.
29 The Lord is far from the sinful, but He hears the prayer of those who are right with Him.
30 The light of the eyes makes the heart glad. Good news puts fat on the bones.
31 He whose ear listens to careful words spoken will live among the wise.
32 He who does not listen to strong teaching hates himself, but he who listens when strong words are spoken gets understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord is the teaching for wisdom, and having no pride comes before honor.
Proverbs 15 New International Version (NIV)
15 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
5 A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
11 Death and Destruction[a] lie open before the Lord—
12 Mockers resent correction,
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,