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Proverbs 15 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:1 - A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:2 - The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:3 - The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:4 - A gentle[fn] tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:5 - A fool despises his father’s instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:6 - In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:7 - The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:8 - The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:9 - The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:10 - There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;
whoever hates reproof will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:11 - Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD;
how much more the hearts of the children of man!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:12 - A scoffer does not like to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:13 - A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:14 - The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:15 - All the days of the afflicted are evil,
but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:16 - Better is a little with the fear of the LORD
than great treasure and trouble with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:17 - Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:18 - A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:19 - The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:20 - A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:21 - Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,
but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:22 - Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:23 - To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:24 - The path of life leads upward for the prudent,
that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:25 - The LORD tears down the house of the proud
but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:26 - The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
but gracious words are pure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:27 - Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household,
but he who hates bribes will live.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:28 - The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:29 - The LORD is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:30 - The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes[fn] the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:31 - The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:32 - Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:33 - The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.
ESV Footnotes
Or healing
Or the hearts of fools are not steadfast
Hebrew makes fat

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