15 (A)A soft answer turns away wrath,
    but (B)a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
    but (C)the mouths of fools pour out folly.
(D)The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
    keeping watch on the evil and the good.
(E)A gentle[a] tongue is (F)a tree of life,
    but (G)perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
(H)A fool (I)despises his father's instruction,
    but (J)whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
    but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
(K)The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
    (L)not so the hearts of fools.[b]
(M)The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
    but (N)the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 15:4 Or healing
  2. Proverbs 15:7 Or the hearts of fools are not steadfast

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