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Proverbs 15 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:1 - A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:2 - The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:3 - The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:4 - The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:5 - A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:6 - The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:7 - The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:8 - The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:9 - The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:10 - Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:11 - Death and Destruction[fn] lie open before the LORD— how much more do human hearts!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:12 - Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:13 - A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:14 - The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:15 - All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:16 - Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:17 - Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:18 - A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:19 - The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:20 - A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:21 - Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:22 - Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:23 - A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:24 - The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:25 - The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:26 - The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:27 - The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:28 - The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
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 - Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:31 - Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:32 - Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:33 - Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.
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