Listen! you Liars, Chancers, and Cheats!
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.