15:1 A gentle response turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
15:2 The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly,
but the mouth of the fool spouts out folly.
15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
keeping watch on those who are evil and those who are good.
15:4 Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree,
but a perverse tongue breaks the spirit.
15:5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense.
15:6 In the house of the righteous is abundant wealth,
but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but not so the heart of fools.
15:8 The LORD abhors the sacrifices of the wicked,
but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
15:9 The LORD abhors the way of the wicked,
but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
15:10 Severe discipline is for the one who abandons the way;
the one who hates reproof will die.
15:11 Death and Destruction are before the LORD –
how much more the hearts of humans!
15:12 The scorner does not love one who corrects him;
he will not go to the wise.
15:13 A joyful heart makes the face cheerful,
but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.
15:14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15:15 All the days of the afflicted are bad,
but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD
than great wealth and turmoil with it.
15:17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened ox where there is hatred.
15:18 A quick-tempered person stirs up dissension,
but one who is slow to anger calms a quarrel.
15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,
but the path of the upright is like a highway.
15:20 A wise child brings joy to his father,
but a foolish person despises his mother.
15:21 Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense,
but one who has understanding follows an upright course.
15:22 Plans fail when there is no counsel,
but with abundant advisers they are established.
15:23 A person has joy in giving an appropriate answer,
and a word at the right time – how good it is!
15:24 The path of life is upward for the wise person,
to keep him from going downward to Sheol.
15:25 The LORD tears down the house of the proud,
but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.
15:26 The LORD abhors the plans of the wicked,
but pleasant words are pure.
15:27 The one who is greedy for gain troubles his household,
but whoever hates bribes will live.
15:28 The heart of the righteous considers how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
15:30 A bright look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the body.
15:31 The person who hears the reproof that leads to life
is at home among the wise.
15:32 The one who refuses correction despises himself,
but whoever hears reproof acquires understanding.
15:33 The fear of the LORD provides wise instruction,
and before honor comes humility.