1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
2 The wise person makes learning a joy; fools spout only foolishness.
3 The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.
4 Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.
6 There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
7 Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so.
8 The LORD hates the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
9 The LORD despises the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.
10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely punished; whoever hates correction will die.
11 Even the depths of Death and Destruction* are known by the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart!1
12 Mockers don't love those who rebuke them, so they stay away from the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
14 A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.
15 For the poor, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
16 It is better to have little with fear for the LORD than to have great treasure with turmoil.
17 A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
18 A hothead starts fights; a cool-tempered person tries to stop them.
19 A lazy person has trouble all through life; the path of the upright is easy!
20 Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother.
21 Foolishness brings joy to those who have no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.
22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors bring success.
23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
24 The path of the wise leads to life above; they leave the grave* behind.2
25 The LORD destroys the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows.
26 The LORD despises the thoughts of the wicked, but he delights in pure words.
27 Dishonest money brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.
28 The godly think before speaking; the wicked spout evil words.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.
31 If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
32 If you reject criticism, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.
33 Fear of the LORD teaches a person to be wise; humility precedes honor.
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