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Chapter 15

1A mild answer calms wrath, r Prv 25, 15; Sir 6, 5 . but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2The tongue of the wise pours out knowledge, but the mouth of fools spurts forth folly.

3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse one crushes the spirit.

5The fool spurns his father's admonition, but prudent is he who heeds reproof. s Prv 12, 1; 13, 18 .

6In the house of the just there are ample resources, but the earnings of the wicked are in turmoil.

7The lips of the wise disseminate knowledge, but the heart of fools is perverted.

8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, t Prv 21, 27; Eccl 4, 17; Sir 34, 18ff; Is 1, 11–15 . but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves the man who pursues virtue. u Prv 11, 20; 21, 21 .

10Severe punishment is in store for the man who goes astray; he who hates reproof will die.

11The nether world and the abyss* lie open before the LORD how much more the hearts of men!

12The senseless man loves not to be reproved; to wise men he will not go.

13A glad heart lights up the face, but by mental anguish the spirit is broken. v Prv 12, 25; 17, 22; Sir 30, 22 .

14The mind of the intelligent man seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

15Every day is miserable for the depressed, but a lighthearted man has a continual feast.

16Better a little with fear of the LORD * than a great fortune with anxiety.

17Better a dish of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.

18An ill‐tempered man stirs up strife, w Prv 26, 21; 29, 22; Sir 28, 11 . but a patient man allays discord.

19The way of the sluggard is hemmed in as with thorns, but the path of the diligent is a highway.

20A wise son makes his father glad, but a fool of a man despises his mother. x Prv 10, 1; 29, 3 .

21Folly is joy to the senseless man, but the man of understanding goes the straight way.

22Plans fail when there is no counsel, but they succeed when counselors are many. y Prv 11, 14 .

23There is joy for a man in his utterance; a word in season, how good it is! z Prv 25, 11; Sir 20, 6 . 24The path of life leads the prudent man upward, that he may avoid the nether world below.

25The LORD overturns the house of the proud, but he preserves intact the widow's landmark.

26The wicked man's schemes are an abomination to the LORD, a Prv 6, 18 . but the pure speak what is pleasing to him.

27He who is greedy of gain brings ruin on his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.

28The just man weighs well his utterance, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.

29The LORD is far from the wicked, but the prayer of the just he hears.

30A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart; good news invigorates the bones.

31He who listens to salutary reproof b Prv 25, 12 . will abide among the wise.

32He who rejects admonition despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gains understanding.

33The fear of the LORD is training for wisdom, and humility goes before honors. c Prv 1, 7; Sir 1, 24 .

Notes:

r: Prv 25, 15; Sir 6, 5 .

s: Prv 12, 1; 13, 18 .

t: Prv 21, 27; Eccl 4, 17; Sir 34, 18ff; Is 1, 11–15 .

u: Prv 11, 20; 21, 21 .

v: Prv 12, 25; 17, 22; Sir 30, 22 .

w: Prv 26, 21; 29, 22; Sir 28, 11 .

x: Prv 10, 1; 29, 3 .

y: Prv 11, 14 .

z: Prv 25, 11; Sir 20, 6 .

a: Prv 6, 18 .

b: Prv 25, 12 .

c: Prv 1, 7; Sir 1, 24 .

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