1 ¶ A soft answer
turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 ¶ The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 ¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 ¶ A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5 ¶ A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 ¶ In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 ¶ The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8 ¶ The sacrifice 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 righteousness.
10 ¶ Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
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 merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 ¶ The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15 ¶ All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16 ¶ Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18 ¶ A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19 ¶ The way of the slothful 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 foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 ¶ Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
22 ¶ Without counsel 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 word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24 ¶ The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 ¶ The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
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 studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 ¶ The LORD is far from the wicked: 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 heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
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