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Proverbs 15 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Contrast 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 [fn]acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
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 regards reproof 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 one who pursues righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:10 - Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way;
He who hates reproof will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:11 - [fn]Sheol and [fn]Abaddon lie open before the LORD,
How much more the hearts of [fn]men!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:12 - A scoffer does not love one who reproves 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 folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:15 - All the days of the afflicted are bad,
But a [fn]cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:16 - Better is a little with the [fn]fear of the LORD
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:17 - Better is a [fn]dish of [fn]vegetables where love is
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:18 - A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:19 - The way of the lazy is as 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 - Folly is joy to him who lacks [fn]sense,
But a man 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 man 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
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 establish 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 puts fat on the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:31 - He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:32 - He who neglects discipline despises himself,
But he who listens to reproof acquires [fn]understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:33 - The [fn]fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: painful
Literally: good
Literally: healing
Literally: is the crushing of the spirit
Or, despises
I.e. the nether world
I.e. place of destruction
Literally: sons of Adam
Literally: good
Literally: in sadness of heart
Literally: good
Or, reverence
Or, portion
Or, herbs
Literally: heart
Or, are established
Literally: answer of his mouth
I.e. the nether world
Literally: The light of the eyes gladdens
Literally: heart
Or, reverence

New American Standard Bible 1995
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by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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