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Proverbs 15 The Passion Translation (TPT)

15 Respond gently when you are confronted

and you’ll defuse the rage of another.
Responding with sharp, cutting words[a] will only make it worse.
Don’t you know that being angry
can ruin the testimony of even the wisest of men?[b]
When wisdom speaks, understanding becomes attractive.
But the words of the fool make their ignorance look laughable.[c]
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere[d]
and he takes note of everything that happens.
He watches over his lovers,
and he also sees the wickedness of the wicked.
When you speak healing words,
you offer others fruit from the tree of life.
But unhealthy, negative words do nothing but crush their hopes.[e]
You’re stupid to mock the instruction of a father,
but welcoming correction will make you brilliant.[f]
There is power in the house of the righteous,[g]
but the house of the wicked is filled with trouble,
no matter how much money they have.
When wisdom speaks, revelation-knowledge is released,[h]
but finding true wisdom in the word of a fool is futile.
It is despicable to the Lord
when people use the worship of the Almighty
as a cloak for their sin,[i]
but every prayer of his godly lovers is pleasing to his heart.
The Lord detests the lifestyle of the wicked,
but he loves those who pursue purity.[j]
10 Severe punishment awaits the one
who turns away from the truth,
and those who rebel against correction will die.
11 Even hell itself holds no secrets from the Lord God,
for all is exposed before his eyes,
and so much more the heart of every human being.
12 The know-it-all never esteems the one who tries to correct him.
He refuses to seek good advice from the wise.[k]

Living an Ascended Life

13 A cheerful heart puts a smile on your face,
but a broken heart leads to depression.
14 Lovers of God[l] hunger after truth,
but those without understanding
feast on foolishness and don’t even realize it.
15 Everything seems to go wrong
when you feel weak and depressed.
But when you choose to be cheerful,
every day will bring you more and more joy and fullness.[m]
16 It’s much better to live simply,
surrounded in holy awe and worship of God,
than to have great wealth with a home full of trouble.
17 It’s much better to have a kind, loving family, even with little,
than to have great wealth
with nothing but hatred and strife all around you.[n]
18 A touchy, hot-tempered man picks a fight,
but the calm, patient man knows how to silence strife.
19 Nothing seems to work right[o] for the lazy man,
but life seems smooth and easy when your heart is virtuous.
20 When a son learns wisdom,
a father’s heart is glad.
But the man who shames[p] his mother is a foolish son.
21 The senseless fool treats life like a joke,
but the one with living-understanding makes good choices.
22 Your plans will fall apart right in front of you
if you fail to get good advice.
But if you first seek out multiple counselors,
you’ll watch your plans succeed.
23 Everyone enjoys giving great advice.
But how delightful it is to say the right thing at the right time!
24 The life path of the prudent lifts them progressively heavenward,
delivering them from the death spiral
that keeps tugging them downward.
25 The Lord champions the widow’s cause,[q]
but watch him as he smashes down the houses of the haughty!
26 The Lord detests wicked ways of thinking,[r]
but he enjoys lovely and delightful words.
27 The one who puts earning money above his family
will have trouble at home,
but those who refuse to exploit others
will live in peace.
28 Lovers of God think before they speak,
but the careless blurt out wicked words meant to cause harm.
29 The Lord doesn’t respond to the wicked,
but he’s moved to answer the prayers of his godly lovers.
30 Eyes that focus on what is beautiful[s] bring joy to the heart,
and hearing a good report
refreshes and strengthens the inner being.[t]
31 Accepting constructive criticism
opens your heart to the path of life,
making you right at home among the wise.
32 Refusing constructive criticism shows
you have no interest in improving your life,
for revelation-insight only comes as you accept correction
and the wisdom that it brings.
33 The source of revelation-knowledge is found
as you fall down in surrender before the Lord.
Don’t expect to see Shekinah glory[u]
until the Lord sees your sincere humility.


  1. Proverbs 15:1 Or “painful words.”
  2. Proverbs 15:1 This is found only in the Septuagint.
  3. Proverbs 15:2 The Aramaic reads “The mouths of fools vomit a curse.”
  4. Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord can also be a metaphor for his prophets.
  5. Proverbs 15:4 Or “Perverse words are the crushing of the spirit.”
  6. Proverbs 15:5 The Septuagint adds a verse that is not found in the Hebrew: “In great righteousness there is great strength. But the ungodly will one day perish from the earth.”
  7. Proverbs 15:6 As translated from the Septuagint and the Aramaic. The Hebrew changes the concept of power to prosperity. Both concepts are valid.
  8. Proverbs 15:7 Or “is scattered like seed.”
  9. Proverbs 15:8 Or “the sacrifice of the wicked”; that is, worshiping God with a wicked heart, only to hide sin. Our yielded hearts must be the sacrifice we offer to God.
  10. Proverbs 15:9 The Aramaic reads “He shows mercy to the one who practices righteousness.”
  11. Proverbs 15:12 Another way to say this is “The one who hates authority has no love for being taught.”
  12. Proverbs 15:14 Or “the upright” (Aramaic).
  13. Proverbs 15:15 The Septuagint reads quite differently: “And the good (heart) is always calm.”
  14. Proverbs 15:17 Or “Better to have a meal of vegetables surrounded with love and grace than a fattened ox where there is hatred.”
  15. Proverbs 15:19 Or “The way is blocked with thorns.”
  16. Proverbs 15:20 Or “despises.”
  17. Proverbs 15:25 Or “The Lord maintains the boundaries of the widow.”
  18. Proverbs 15:26 Or “the thoughts of the wicked.”
  19. Proverbs 15:30 As translated from the Septuagint. The Hebrew is “The light of the eyes brings joy.”
  20. Proverbs 15:30 The Hebrew here literally means “makes fat your bones.” Bones picture our inner being.
  21. Proverbs 15:33 Or “Before honor is humility.” The Hebrew uses the word kabod, which is translated as “glory” 156 times in the Old Testament.
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