A soft answer turns away wrath—A wise son makes a glad father—The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord—Before honor comes humility.
1 A asoft banswer turneth away cwrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The atongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out bfoolishness.
3 The aeyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome atongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5 A afool despiseth his father’s binstruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous is much atreasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 The alips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8 The asacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after arighteousness.
10 aCorrection is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth breproof shall cdie.
11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
13 A amerry bheart maketh a ccheerful countenance: but by dsorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him that hath aunderstanding seeketh bknowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on cfoolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16 Better is alittle with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where alove is, than a bstalled ox and hatred therewith.
18 A awrathful man stirreth up bstrife: but he that is slow to canger appeaseth dstrife.
19 The way of the aslothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a afoolish man despiseth his bmother.
21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of aunderstanding walketh uprightly.
22 Without acounsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a aword spoken in due bseason, how good is it!
24 The way of life is aabove to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 The Lord will destroy the house of the aproud: but he will establish the border of the bwidow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous astudieth to banswer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 The Lord is afar from the bwicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that aheareth reproof getteth bunderstanding.
33 The afear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before bhonour is chumility.