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Proverbs 15 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

15 A soft answer turneth away wrath:
    but grievous words stir up anger.

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright:
    but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
    beholding the evil and the good.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:
    but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

A fool despiseth his father’s instruction:
    but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

In the house of the righteous is much treasure:
    but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:
    but the heart of the foolish doeth 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 loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way:
    and he that hateth reproof shall die.

11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord:
    how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him:
    neither will he go unto the wise.

13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:
    but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge:
    but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil:
    but he that is of a merry heart hath 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 herbs where love is,
    than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife:
    but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns:
    but the way of the righteous is made plain.

20 A wise son maketh a glad father:
    but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom:
    but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

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

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

24 The way of life is above to the wise,
    that he may depart from hell beneath.

25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud:
    but he will establish the border of the widow.

26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord:
    but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house;
    but he that hateth gifts shall live.

28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:
    but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked:
    but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart:
    and a good report maketh the bones fat.

31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life
    abideth among the wise.

32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul:
    but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom;
    and before honour is humility.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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Proverbs 15 New International Version (NIV)

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

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
    but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
    keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
    but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
    but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
    but the hearts of fools are not upright.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
    but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
    but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
    the one who hates correction will die.

11 Death and Destruction[a] lie open before the Lord
    how much more do human hearts!

12 Mockers resent correction,
    so they avoid the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
    but heartache crushes the spirit.

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

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

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

17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
    than a fattened calf with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
    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 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
    but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
    but with many advisers they succeed.

23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply
    and how good is a timely word!

24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
    to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
    but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.

26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
    but gracious words are pure in his sight.

27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
    but the one who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
    but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

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

30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
    and good news gives health to the bones.

31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
    will be at home among the wise.

32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
    but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
    and humility comes before honor.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 15:11 Hebrew Abaddon
New International Version (NIV)

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Proverbs 15 New Living Translation (NLT)

15 A gentle answer deflects anger,
    but harsh words make tempers flare.

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
    but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

The Lord is watching everywhere,
    keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

Gentle words are a tree of life;
    a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Only a fool despises a parent’s[a] discipline;
    whoever learns from correction is wise.

There is treasure in the house of the godly,
    but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.

The lips of the wise give good advice;
    the heart of a fool has none to give.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
    but he delights in the prayers of the upright.

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
    but he loves those who pursue godliness.

10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined;
    whoever hates correction will die.

11 Even Death and Destruction[b] hold no secrets from the Lord.
    How much more does he know the human heart!

12 Mockers hate to be corrected,
    so they stay away from the wise.

13 A glad heart makes a happy face;
    a broken heart crushes the spirit.

14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge,
    while the fool feeds on trash.

15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
    for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
    than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love
    is better than steak with someone you hate.

18 A hot-tempered person starts fights;
    a cool-tempered person stops them.

19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers,
    but the path of the upright is an open highway.

20 Sensible children bring joy to their father;
    foolish children despise their mother.

21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense;
    a sensible person stays on the right path.

22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
    many advisers bring success.

23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
    it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise;
    they leave the grave[c] behind.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
    but he protects the property of widows.

26 The Lord detests evil plans,
    but he delights in pure words.

27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,
    but those who hate bribes will live.

28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
    the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

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

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
    good news makes for good health.

31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
    you will be at home among the wise.

32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
    but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom;
    humility precedes honor.

Footnotes:

  1. 15:5 Hebrew father’s.
  2. 15:11 Hebrew Sheol and Abaddon.
  3. 15:24 Hebrew Sheol.
New Living Translation (NLT)

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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