1 A gentle answer turns away
wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the
mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch
on the wicked and the good.
4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever
heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the
hearts of fools.
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but
the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked but he loves
those who pursue righteousness.
10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he
who hates correction will die.
11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord— how
much more the hearts of men!
12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult
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 meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a
patient man 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 delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man
of understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many
advisers they succeed.
23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how
good is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep
him from going down to the grave.
25 The Lord tears down the proud man’s house but he
keeps the widow’s boundaries intact.
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but
those of the pure are pleasing to him.
27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he
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 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good
news gives health to the bones.
31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at
home among the wise.
32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but
whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and
humility comes before honor.