15 A soft answer turneth away wrath, But a cutting word raiseth anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge,—But the mouth of dullards belcheth out folly.
3 In every place are the eyes of Yahweh, Observing the evil and the good.
4 Gentleness of the tongue is a tree of life, But crookedness therein a grievous wound in the spirit.
5 A foolish [son] spurneth the correction of his father, But he that heedeth a reproof sheweth prudence.
6 The household of the righteous man is a great treasure, But in the increase of the lawless is disturbance.
7 The lips of the wise scatter abroad knowledge, But the heart of dullards is not right.
8 The sacrifice of lawless men is an abomination to Yahweh, But the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 An abomination to Yahweh is the way of the lawless, But the pursuer of righteousness he loveth.
10 There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the right path, He that hateth rebuke shall die.
11 Hades and destruction are before Yahweh, How much more then the hearts of the sons of men.
12 A scoffer loveth not one who reproveth him, Unto the wise doth he not go.
13 A joyful heart maketh a pleasing countenance,—But in sorrow of heart is a stricken spirit.
14 The heart of the intelligent seeketh knowledge, But the mouth of dullards feedeth on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are sorrowful, But a cheerful heart is a continual banquet.
16 Better is a little with the reverence of Yahweh, Than great treasure and disquietude therewith.
17 Better is an allowance of herbs and love there, Than a fatted ox and hatred therewith.
18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife, But he that is slow to anger calmeth contention.
19 The way of the sluggard is like a thorn hedge, But the path of the upright is a raised road.
20 A wise son maketh a glad father,—But a dullard despiseth his own mother.
21 Folly is joy to him that lacketh sense,—But a man of understanding taketh a straight course.
22 Plans are frustrated for lack of consultation, But by the multitude of counsellors shall counsel be established.
23 A man hath joy in the answer of his own mouth, And a word in its season—how good!
24 The way of life is upwards to the prudent, That he may depart from hades beneath.
25 The house of proud men will Yahweh tear down, But he will maintain the boundary of the widow.
26 An abomination to Yahweh are the plottings of the wicked, But with the pure are sayings of sweetness.
27 He troubleth his own house who graspeth with greed, But he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer, But the mouth of the lawless belcheth out mischiefs.
29 Far off is Yahweh from the lawless, But the prayer of the righteous will he hear.
30 The sparkling of bright eyes rejoiceth the heart, Good news giveth marrow to the bones.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof which giveth life In the midst of the wise shall remain.
32 He that declineth correction despiseth his own soul, But he that heareth reproof gaineth sense.
33 The reverence of Yahweh is the correction of wisdom, And before honour is humility.