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Proverbs 15 Living Bible (TLB)

15 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.

A wise teacher makes learning a joy; a rebellious teacher spouts foolishness.

The Lord is watching everywhere and keeps his eye on both the evil and the good.

Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement.

Only a fool despises his father’s advice; a wise son considers each suggestion.

There is treasure in being good, but trouble dogs the wicked.

Only the good can give good advice. Rebels can’t.

The Lord hates the gifts of the wicked but delights in the prayers of his people.

9-10 The Lord despises the deeds of the wicked but loves those who try to be good. If they stop trying, the Lord will punish them; if they rebel against that punishment, they will die.

11 The depths of hell are open to God’s knowledge. How much more the hearts of all mankind!

12 A mocker stays away from wise men because he hates to be scolded.

13 A happy face means a glad heart; a sad face means a breaking heart.

14 A wise man is hungry for truth, while the mocker feeds on trash.

15 When a man is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when he is cheerful, everything seems right!

16 Better a little with reverence for God than great treasure and trouble with it.

17 It is better to eat soup with someone you love than steak with someone you hate.

18 A quick-tempered man starts fights; a cool-tempered man tries to stop them.

19 A lazy fellow has trouble all through life; the good man’s path is easy!

20 A sensible son gladdens his father. A rebellious son saddens his mother.[a]

21 If a man enjoys folly, something is wrong! The sensible stay on the pathways of right.

22 Plans go wrong with too few counselors; many counselors bring success.

23 Everyone enjoys giving good advice, and how wonderful it is to be able to say the right thing at the right time!

24 The road of the godly leads upward, leaving hell behind.

25 The Lord destroys the possessions of the proud but cares for widows.

26 The Lord hates the thoughts of the wicked but delights in kind words.[b]

27 Dishonest money brings grief to all the family, but hating bribes brings happiness.[c]

28 A good man thinks before he speaks; the evil man pours out his evil words without a thought.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.

30 Pleasant sights and good reports give happiness and health.

31-32 If you profit from constructive criticism, you will be elected to the wise men’s hall of fame. But to reject criticism is to harm yourself and your own best interests.

33 Humility and reverence for the Lord will make you both wise and honored.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 15:20 saddens his mother, literally, “despises his mother.”
  2. Proverbs 15:26 but delights in kind words, literally, “but kind words are pure.”
  3. Proverbs 15:27 brings happiness, literally, “you will live.”
Living Bible (TLB)

The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 15 New International Version (NIV)

15 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
    but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
    keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
    but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
    but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
    but the hearts of fools are not upright.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
    but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
    but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
    the one who hates correction will die.

11 Death and Destruction[a] lie open before the Lord
    how much more do human hearts!

12 Mockers resent correction,
    so they avoid the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
    but heartache crushes the spirit.

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
    but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord
    than great wealth with turmoil.

17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
    than a fattened calf with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
    but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
    but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
    but a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
    but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
    but with many advisers they succeed.

23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply
    and how good is a timely word!

24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent
    to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
    but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.

26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
    but gracious words are pure in his sight.

27 The greedy bring ruin to their households,
    but the one who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
    but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
    and good news gives health to the bones.

31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
    will be at home among the wise.

32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
    but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
    and humility comes before honor.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 15:11 Hebrew Abaddon
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