Old Testament

Proverbs 15
More Wise Ways to Live
151A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2The tongue of the wise enhances knowledge,
but the mouths of fools spout stupidity.
3The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
watching evil people as well as the good.
4A healing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue shatters the spirit.
5A stubborn fool despises his father's discipline,
but whoever heeds correction is sensible.
6The house of the righteous contains great wealth,
but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the heart of fools—not so.
8A sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination[] to the Lord,
but a prayer of the upright gains his favor.
9The way of a wicked person is repulsive[] to the Lord,
but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10Harsh discipline waits for anyone who leaves the path,
and a person who hates correction will die.
11Death and Destruction[] lie open before the Lord
how much more human hearts!
12A scoffer does not love anyone who corrects him.
He will not go to wise people.
13A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
but a sorrowful heart crushes the spirit.
14The heart of a discerning person seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on stupidity.
15All the days of an oppressed person are evil,
but a cheerful heart enjoys a continuous celebration.[]
16Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil.
17Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
18A hothead stirs up a fight,
but a patient person calms a dispute.
19The way of a lazy person is like a thorny hedge,
but the path of upright people is a highway.
Advice for a Wise Son
20A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish person despises his mother.
21Stupidity delights a person who lacks sense,
but one who has understanding stays on course.
22Plans fail without advice,
but where there are many advisors the plans succeed.
23Giving an apt response with his own mouth makes a person happy,
and a word at the right time—oh how good!
24The path of life leads upward for a person with insight,
so that he may turn away from hell[] below.
25The Lord tears down the house of the arrogant,
but he maintains the property line of a widow.
26The plans of the wicked are disgusting[] to the Lord,
but pleasant words are pure to him.
27Someone who is greedy for gain brings trouble to his own household,
but a person who hates bribes will live.
28The heart of a righteous person ponders his answer,
but the mouth of a wicked person gushes evil.
29The Lord is far away from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30A twinkle in the eyes delights the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
31An ear that listens to a life-giving warning
will find a home among the wise.
32A person who ignores discipline despises himself,
but a person who listens to a warning acquires good sense.
33The fear of the Lord gives discipline and wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.


  • 15:8 Or is disgusting or is repulsive
  • 15:9 Or is an abomination
  • 15:11 Hebrew Sheol and Abaddon
  • 15:15 The word celebration refers to a feast which includes drinking.
  • 15:24 Or the grave. The Hebrew word is sheol.
  • 15:26 Or are an abomination