Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Liars, Chancers, and Cheats

Listen! you Liars, Chancers, and Cheats!

Proverbs 15
 A gentle answer turns away wrath,

*But a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,

*But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life,

*But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
*A fool rejects his father’s discipline,

But he who regards reproof is sensible.
Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,

*But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge,

*But the hearts of fools are not so.
*The sacrifice of the wicked 
is an abomination to the Lord,

But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
*The way of the wicked is 
an abomination to the Lord,

But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
*Grievous punishment is 
for him who forsakes the way;
He who hates reproof will die.
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
How much more the hearts of men!
*A scoffer does not love one who reproves him,
He will not go to the wise.
A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,

*But when the heart is sad, 
the spirit is broken.
The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,

*But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
*All the days of the afflicted are bad,

But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord

*Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is

*Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
*A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,

But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
*The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns,

But the path of the upright is a highway.
A wise son makes a father glad,

*But a foolish man despises his mother.
*Folly is joy to him who lacks sense,

But a man of understanding walks straight.
*Without consultation, plans are frustrated,

But with many counselors they succeed.
A man has joy in an apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
The path of life leads upward for the wise
That he may keep away from Sheol below.
*The Lord will tear down the house of the proud,

But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
*Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,

But pleasant words are pure.
*He who profits illicitly troubles his own house,

But he who hates bribes will live.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,

*But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
*The Lord is far from the wicked,

But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Bright eyes gladden the heart;
Good news puts fat on the bones.
He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
*He who neglects discipline despises himself,

But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.

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