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Proverbs 15 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Contrast of the Upright and the Wicked

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:1 - A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a [fn]harsh word stirs up anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:2 - The tongue of the wise makes knowledge pleasant,
But the mouth of fools spouts foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:3 - The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:4 - A [fn]soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it [fn]crushes the spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:5 - A fool [fn]rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who complies with rebuke is sensible.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:6 - Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,
But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:7 - The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:8 - The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:9 - The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
But He loves the one who pursues righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:10 - There is severe punishment for one who abandons the way;
One who hates a rebuke will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:11 - [fn]Sheol and [fn]Abaddon lie open before the LORD,
How much more the hearts of [fn]mankind!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:12 - A scoffer does not love one who rebukes him;
He will not go to the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:13 - A joyful heart makes a [fn]cheerful face,
But [fn]when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:14 - The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:15 - All the days of the [fn]needy are bad,
But a [fn]cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:16 - Better is a little with [fn]the fear of the LORD
Than great treasure, and turmoil with [fn]the treasure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:17 - Better is a portion of [fn]vegetables where there is love,
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:18 - A hot-tempered person stirs up strife,
But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:19 - The way of the [fn]lazy one is like a hedge of thorns,
But the path of the upright is a highway.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:20 - A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:21 - Foolishness is joy to one who lacks [fn]sense,
But a person of understanding walks straight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:22 - Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they [fn]succeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:23 - A person has joy in an [fn]apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:24 - The path of life leads upward for the wise,
So that he may keep away from [fn]Sheol below.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:25 - The LORD will tear down the house of the proud,
But He will set the boundary of the widow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:26 - Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD,
But pleasant words are pure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:27 - He who profits illicitly troubles his own house,
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 - [fn]Bright eyes gladden the heart;
Good news [fn]refreshes the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:31 - One whose ear listens to a life-giving rebuke
Will stay among the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:32 - One who neglects discipline rejects himself,
But one who listens to a rebuke acquires [fn]understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:33 - [fn]The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit painful
Lit healing
Lit is the crushing of the spirit
Or despises
I.e., The netherworld
I.e., place of destruction
Lit sons of mankind
Lit good
Lit in sadness of heart
Or wretched
Lit good
Or reverence for
Lit it
Or herbs
Lit idle
Lit heart
Or are established
Lit answer of his mouth
I.e., the netherworld
Lit The light of the eyes gladdens
Lit makes fat
Lit heart
Or Reverence for

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