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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.
15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouth of fools gush out folly.
15:3 Yahweh’s eyes are everywhere,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but deceit in it crushes the spirit.
15:5 A fool despises his father’s correction,
but he who heeds reproof shows prudence.
15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so with the heart of fools.
15:8 The sacrifice made by the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh,
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh,
but he loves him who follows after righteousness.
15:10 There is stern discipline for one who forsakes the way:
whoever hates reproof shall die.
15:11 Sheol and Abaddon are before Yahweh —
how much more then the hearts of the children of men!
15:12 A scoffer doesn’t love to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face;
but an aching heart breaks the spirit.
15:14 The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15:15 All the days of the afflicted are wretched,
but one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast.
15:16 Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh,
than great treasure with trouble.
15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is,
than a fattened calf with hatred.
15:18 A wrathful man stirs up contention,
but one who is slow to anger appeases strife.
15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a thorn patch,
but the path of the upright is a highway.
15:20 A wise son makes a father glad,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
15:21 Folly is joy to one who is void of wisdom,
but a man of understanding keeps his way straight.
15:22 Where there is no counsel, plans fail;
but in a multitude of counselors they are established.
15:23 Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth.
How good is a word at the right time!
15:24 The path of life leads upward for the wise,
to keep him from going downward to Sheol.
15:25 Yahweh will uproot the house of the proud,
but he will keep the widow’s borders intact.
15:26 Yahweh detests the thoughts of the wicked,
but the thoughts of the pure are pleasing.
15:27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
but he who hates bribes will live.
15:28 The heart of the righteous weighs answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil.
15:29 Yahweh is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
15:30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart.
Good news gives health to the bones.
15:31 The ear that listens to reproof lives,
and will be at home among the wise.
15:32 He who refuses correction despises his own soul,
but he who listens to reproof gets understanding.
15:33 The fear of Yahweh teaches wisdom.
Before honor is humility.