1A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger.2The tongues of wise people use knowledge well. But the mouths of foolish people pour out foolish words.3The eyes of the Lord are everywhere. They watch those who are evil and those who are good.4A tongue that brings healing is like a tree of life. But a tongue that tells lies produces a broken spirit.5A foolish person turns his back on how his father has trained him. But anyone who accepts being corrected shows understanding.6The houses of those who do what is right hold great wealth. But those who do what is wrong earn only trouble.7The lips of wise people spread knowledge. But that's not true of the hearts of foolish people.8The Lord hates the sacrifice of sinful people. But the prayers of honest people please him.9The Lord hates how sinners live. But he loves those who run after what is right.10Hard training is in store for anyone who leaves the right path. A person who hates to be corrected will die.11Death and the Grave lie open in front of the Lord. So the hearts of mere men certainly lie open to him!12Anyone who makes fun of others doesn't like to be corrected. He won't ask wise people for advice.13A happy heart makes a face look cheerful. But a sad heart produces a broken spirit.14A heart that understands what is right looks for knowledge. But the mouths of foolish people feed on what is foolish.15All the days of those who are crushed are filled with pain and suffering. But a cheerful heart enjoys a good time that never ends.16It is better to have respect for the Lord and have little than to be rich and have trouble.17A meal of vegetables where there is love is better than the finest meat where there is hatred.18A man who burns with anger stirs up fights. But a person who is patient calms things down.19The way of people who don't want to work is blocked with thorns. But the path of honest people is a wide road.20A wise son makes his father glad. But a foolish son hates his mother.21A person who has no sense enjoys doing foolish things. But a man who has understanding walks straight ahead.22Plans fail without good advice. But they succeed when there are many advisers.23Joy is found in giving the right answer. And how good is a word spoken at the right time!24The path of life leads up for those who are wise. It keeps them from going down to the grave.25The Lord tears down the proud person's house. But he keeps the widow's property safe.26The Lord hates the thoughts of sinful people. But the thoughts of pure people are pleasing to him.27Anyone who always wants more brings trouble to his family. But a person who refuses to be paid off will live.28The hearts of those who do right think about how they will answer. But the mouths of those who do wrong pour out evil.29The Lord is far away from those who do wrong. But he hears the prayers of those who do right.30A cheerful look brings joy to your heart. And good news gives health to your body.31If you listen to a warning, you will live. You will be at home among those who are wise.32Anyone who turns away from his training hates himself. But anyone who accepts being corrected gains understanding.33Having respect for the Lord teaches you how to live wisely. So don't be proud if you want to be honored.
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1A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Jud 8:1; 1Sa 25:10; 1Ki 12:13; Pr 25:15)2The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. (Pr 12:23; Pr 13:16; Pr 15:28; Pr 18:2)3The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Job 31:4)4A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. (Pr 3:18; Pr 11:3; Pr 12:18)5A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. (Ps 107:11; Pr 10:1; Pr 13:18)6In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.7The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. (Mt 12:34)8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. (Pr 15:29; Pr 21:27; Ec 5:1; Isa 1:11; Isa 1:15)9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness. (Pr 11:19; Pr 21:21; 1Ti 6:11)10There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die. (Pr 12:1; Isa 1:5)11Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man! (1Sa 16:7; 2Ch 6:30; Ps 44:21; Joh 2:24)12A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. (Ps 1:1; Am 5:10)13A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. (Pr 12:25; Pr 15:15; Pr 17:22; Pr 18:14)14The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. (Pr 14:6; Pr 19:24)15All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast. (Pr 15:13)16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. (Ps 37:16; Pr 16:8; 1Ti 6:6)17Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. (Pr 17:1; Mt 22:4; Lu 15:23)18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. (Pr 14:29; Pr 16:28; Pr 26:21; Pr 28:25; Pr 29:22)19The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway. (Pr 19:24; Pr 22:5; Pr 22:13; Jer 18:15)20A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. (Pr 29:3)21Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead. (Pr 10:23; Eph 5:15)22Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. (Pr 11:14; Pr 20:18)23To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is! (Pr 25:11; Isa 50:4)24The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath. (Pr 2:18; Php 3:20; Col 3:1)25The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries. (Ps 68:5; Ps 146:9; Pr 23:10; Pr 29:23)26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. (Pr 6:16; Pr 6:18; Pr 16:24)27Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live. (Jos 7:25; Pr 1:19; Pr 11:29; Pr 17:23; Isa 5:8; Jer 17:11)28The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. (Ps 37:30; Pr 15:2; 1Pe 3:15)29The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Ps 18:41; Ps 34:16; Ps 145:18; Pr 15:8)30The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. (Ps 38:10; Pr 25:25)31The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. (Pr 6:23; Pr 15:5; Pr 20:12; Pr 25:12)32Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. (Pr 8:33; Pr 8:36; Pr 19:8)33The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. (Pr 1:7; Pr 18:12)