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Proverbs 15 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath
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 uses knowledge rightly,
But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
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 wholesome 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 he who receives correction is prudent.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:6 - In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:7 - The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
But the heart of the fool does not do 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 him who follows righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:10 - Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
And he who hates correction will die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:11 - Hell[fn] and Destruction[fn] are before the LORD;
So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:12 - A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
Nor will he go to the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:13 - A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:14 - The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:15 - All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:16 - Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,
Than great treasure with trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:17 - Better is a dinner of herbs[fn] where love is,
Than a fatted calf with hatred.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:18 - A wrathful man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:19 - The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,
But the way 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 is destitute of discernment,
But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:22 - Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:23 - A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:24 - The way of life winds upward for the wise,
That he may turn away from hell[fn] below.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:25 - The LORD will destroy the house of the proud,
But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:26 - The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
But the words of the pure are pleasant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:27 - He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:28 - The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours forth 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 - The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:31 - The ear that hears the rebukes of life
Will abide among the wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:32 - He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 15:33 - The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility.
NKJV Footnotes
Or Sheol
Hebrew Abaddon
Or vegetables
Or Sheol
Literally fat

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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