NASB — Proverbs 15 — KJV

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

  1 A agentle answer turns away wrath,
  But a Ibharsh word stirs up anger.
  2 The atongue of the wise makes knowledge Iacceptable,
  But the bmouth of fools spouts folly.
  3 The aeyes of the LORD are in every place,
  Watching the evil and the good.
  4 A Isoothing tongue is a tree of life,
  But perversion in it IIcrushes the spirit.
  5 A fool Irejects his father’s discipline,
  But he who regards reproof is sensible.
  6 Great wealth is [in] the house of the arighteous,
  But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
  7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
  But the hearts of fools are not so.
  8 The asacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
  But bthe prayer of the upright is His delight.
  9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
  But He loves one who apursues righteousness.
  10 Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way;
  He who hates reproof will die.
  11 IaSheol and IIAbaddon [lie open] before the LORD,
  How much more the bhearts of IIImen!
  12 A ascoffer does not love one who reproves him,
  He will not go to the wise.
  13 A ajoyful heart makes a Icheerful face,
  But IIwhen the heart is bsad, the cspirit is broken.
  14 The amind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,
  But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
  15 All the days of the afflicted are bad,
  But a Icheerful heart [has] a continual feast.
  16 aBetter is a little with the Ifear of the LORD
  Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
  17 aBetter is a Idish of IIvegetables where love is
  Than a bfattened ox [served] with hatred.
  18 A ahot-tempered man stirs up strife,
  But the bslow to anger ccalms a dispute.
  19 The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns,
  But the path of the upright is a highway.
  20 A awise son makes a father glad,
  But a foolish man bdespises his mother.
  21 Folly is joy to him who lacks Isense,
  But a man of understanding awalks straight.
  22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
  But with many counselors they Isucceed.
  23 A aman has joy in an Iapt answer,
  And how delightful is a timely bword!
  24 The apath of life [leads] upward for the wise
  That he may keep away from ISheol below.
  25 The LORD will atear down the house of the proud,
  But He will bestablish the boundary of the cwidow.
  26 Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD,
  But pleasant words are pure.
  27 He who aprofits illicitly troubles his own house,
  But he who bhates bribes will live.
  28 The heart of the righteous aponders how to answer,
  But the bmouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
  29 The LORD is afar from the wicked,
  But He bhears the prayer of the righteous.
  30 IBright eyes gladden the heart;
  Good news puts fat on the bones.
  31 He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
  Will dwell among the wise.
  32 He who aneglects discipline bdespises himself,
  But he who clistens to reproof acquires Iunderstanding.
  33 The Ifear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom,
  And before honor [comes] humility.

[1] ILit painful aJg 8:1-3; Pv 15:18; 25:15 b1S 25:10-13
[2] ILit good aPv 15:7 bPv 12:23; 13:16; 15:28
[3] a2Ch 16:9; Jb 31:4; Jr 16:17; Zc 4:10; He 4:13
[4] ILit healing IILit is the crushing of the spirit
[5] IOr despises
[6] aPv 8:21
[8] aPv 21:27; Ec 5:1; Is 1:11; Jr 6:20; Mi 6:7 bPv 15:29
[9] a1Ti 6:11
[11] II.e. the nether world III.e. place of destruction IIILit sons of Adam aJb 26:6; Ps 139:8 b1S 16:7; 2Ch 6:30; Ps 44:21; Ac 1:24
[12] aPv 13:1; Am 5:10
[13] ILit good IILit in sadness of heart aPv 17:22 bPv 12:25 cPv 17:22; 18:14
[14] aPv 18:15
[15] ILit good
[16] IOr reverence aPs 37:16; Pv 16:8; Ec 4:6; 1Ti 6:6
[17] IOr portion IIOr herbs aPv 17:1 bMt 22:4; Lk 15:23
[18] aPv 16:28; 26:21; 29:22 bPv 14:29 cGn 13:8; Pv 16:14; Ec 10:4
[20] aPv 10:1; 29:3 bPv 30:17
[21] ILit heart aPv 14:8; Ep 5:15
[22] IOr are established
[23] ILit answer of his mouth aPv 12:14 bPv 25:11; Is 50:4
[24] II.e. the nether world aPv 4:18
[25] aPv 12:7; 14:11 bDt 19:14; Pv 23:10 cPs 68:5; 146:9
[27] aPv 1:19; 28:25; 1Ti 6:10 bEx 23:8; Dt 16:19; 1S 12:3; Is 33:15
[28] a1P 3:15 bPv 10:32; 15:2
[29] aPs 18:41; Pv 1:28 bPs 145:18, 19
[30] ILit The light of the eyes gladdens
[32] ILit heart aPv 1:7; 8:33 bPv 8:36 cPv 15:5
[33] IOr reverence


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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

1 ¶ A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. 3 The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good. 4 A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit. 5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 6 In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. 7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight. 9 The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. 10 Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die. 11 Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men? 12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise. 13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. 15 All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast. 16 Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. 17 Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. 18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife. 19 The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain. 20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 21 Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. 22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. 23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]! 24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. 25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. 26 The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words. 27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. 28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. 29 The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. 30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat. 31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. 32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 33 The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.

[1] Jg 8:1; 12:3; 1S 25:10, 21; 2S 19:43; 1K 12:13; Pv 10:12; 15:18; 25:15; 28:25; 29:22.
[2] Ps 45:1; 59:7; Pv 12:23; 13:16; 15:23, 28; 16:23; 25:11; Ec 10:12; Is 50:4.
[3] 2Ch 16:9; Jb 34:21; Pv 5:21; Jr 16:17; 23:24; 32:19; He 4:13.
[4] Gn 3:22; Ps 52:2; 109:22; Pv 3:18; 12:18; 16:24; 18:8, 14; 26:22; Mal 4:2; 1Ti 6:3; Rv 2:7.
[5] 1S 2:23; 2S 15:1; 1Ch 22:11; 28:9, 20; Ps 141:5; Pv 1:23; 6:23; 10:1; 13:1, 18; 15:31; 19:20; 25:12; Tit 1:13; 2:15.
[6] Jb 20:19; Ps 37:16; 112:3; Pv 8:21; 10:22; 13:22; 15:16; 16:8; 21:20; Ec 4:6; 5:10; He 11:26; Jm 5:1.
[7] Ps 37:30; 45:2; 51:13; 71:15; 78:2; 119:13; Pv 10:20; Ec 12:9; So 4:11; Mt 10:27; 12:34; 28:18; Mk 16:15; Ac 18:9; Ro 10:14; 15:18; Ep 4:29; 2Ti 2:2; Jm 3:6.
[8] 1Ch 29:17; Ps 17:1; Pv 15:29; 21:27; 28:9; So 2:14; Is 1:10; 61:8; 66:3; Jr 6:20; 7:21; Am 5:21; Jn 4:24.
[9] Ps 1:6; 146:8; Pv 4:19; 21:4, 8, 21; Is 26:7; 51:1, 7; Jr 44:4; Ho 6:3; Hab 1:13; Mt 7:13; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:22.
[10] 1K 18:17; 21:20; 22:8; Pv 1:30; 5:12; 10:17; 12:1; 13:1; 23:35; Is 1:5; Ezk 24:13; Jn 3:20; 7:7.
[11] 2Ch 6:30; Jb 26:6; Ps 7:9; 44:21; 139:8; Pv 27:20; Jr 17:10; Jn 2:24; 21:17; He 4:13; Rv 1:18; 2:23.
[12] 2Ch 18:7; Jb 21:14; Pv 9:7; 15:10; Am 5:10; Jn 3:18; 7:7; 2Ti 4:3.
[13] Ne 2:2; Pv 12:25; 15:15; 17:22; 18:14; Jn 14:1; 2Co 1:12; 2:7; 7:10.
[14] 1K 3:6; Ps 119:97, 100; Pv 1:5; 9:9; 12:23; Is 30:10; 44:20; Ho 12:1; Ac 17:11; 2P 3:18.
[15] Gn 37:35; 47:9; Ps 90:7; Pv 16:22; 17:22; Ac 16:25; Ro 5:2, 11; 12:12; 2Co 1:5, 12; 6:10; 1P 1:6; 4:13.
[16] Ps 37:16; Pv 10:22; 16:8; 28:6; Ec 2:10, 18; 5:10; 1Ti 6:6.
[17] Ps 133:1; Pv 17:1; 21:19; Php 2:1; 1Jn 4:16.
[18] Gn 13:8; Jg 8:1; 1S 25:24; 2S 19:43; 20:1; Pv 10:12; 15:1; 25:15; 26:21; 28:25; 29:22; Ec 10:4; Mt 5:9; Ac 6:1; Jm 1:19; 3:14.
[19] Nu 14:1, 7; Ps 5:8; 25:8, 12; 27:11; Pv 3:6; 8:9; 22:5, 13; 26:13; Is 30:21; 35:8; 57:14.
[20] Ex 20:12; Lv 19:3; 1K 1:48; 2:9; 5:7; Pv 10:1; 23:15, 22; 29:3; 30:17; Php 2:22.
[21] Jb 28:28; Ps 111:10; Pv 10:23; 11:12; 14:9, 16; 26:18; Ep 5:15; Jm 3:13.
[22] Pv 11:14; 20:18; Ec 8:6.
[23] 1S 25:32; Pv 12:14; 16:13; 24:26; 25:11; Ec 3:1; Is 50:4; Ep 4:29.
[24] Ps 16:11; 139:24; Pv 2:18; 5:5; 6:23; 7:27; 9:8; 23:14; Jr 21:8; Mt 7:14; Jn 14:6; Php 3:20; Col 3:1.
[25] Dt 10:17; Jb 40:11; Ps 52:1, 5; 68:5; 138:6; 146:9; Pv 12:7; 14:11; Is 2:12; Dn 5:20; Jm 1:27; 1P 5:5.
[26] Ps 19:14; 37:30; 45:1; Pv 6:16; 15:23; 24:9; Jr 4:14; Mt 12:34; 15:19.
[27] Ex 18:21; 23:8; Dt 7:26; 16:19; Jsh 6:18; 7:11, 24; 1S 8:3; 2K 5:27; Pv 1:19; 11:19, 29; 20:21; 28:16; 29:4; Is 5:8; 33:15; Jr 17:11; Hab 2:9; Zc 5:3.
[28] 1K 3:23; Pv 10:19; 13:16; 15:2; 16:23; 29:11, 20; Ec 5:2, 6; 10:12; Mt 12:34; Tit 1:10; Jm 3:6; 1P 3:15; 2P 2:18.
[29] Ps 10:1; 34:15, 16; 66:18; 73:27; 138:6; 145:18; Pv 15:8; Is 55:8; Mt 25:46; Jn 9:31; Ro 8:26; Ep 2:12; Jm 5:16; 1P 3:12.
[30] Ezr 9:8; Ps 89:15; Pv 3:8; 13:9; 17:22; 25:25; Ec 11:7; Is 58:11; Lk 2:10; Rv 21:23; 22:5.
[31] Pv 1:23; 9:8; 13:20; 15:5; 19:20; 25:12; Is 55:3; Jn 15:3; 1Jn 2:19.
[32] Dt 21:18, 20; Ps 50:17; Pv 1:24; 5:11, 13; 8:33; 15:14, 21; 17:16; 18:15; 29:1; Is 1:5; Jr 5:3; Ezk 24:13; Mt 7:24; He 12:15; Jm 1:22; Rv 3:19.
[33] Jb 28:28; Ps 34:11; 111:10; Pv 1:7; 8:13; 18:12; 25:6; 29:23; Lk 14:11; Php 2:5; Jm 4:10; 1P 5:5.


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