The LORD Sees Everything 15 1A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up. 2Words of wisdom come from the wise, but fools speak foolishness. 3The LORD sees everything, whether good or bad. 4Kind words are good medicine, but deceitful words can really hurt. 5Don't be a fool and disobey your parents. Be smart! Accept correction. 6Good people become wealthy, but those who are evil will lose what they have. 7Words of wisdom make good sense; the thoughts of a fool make no sense at all. 8The LORD is disgusted by gifts from the wicked, but it makes him happy when his people pray. 9The LORD is disgusted with all who do wrong, but he loves everyone who does right. 10If you turn from the right way, you will be punished; if you refuse correction, you will die. 11If the LORD can see everything in the world of the dead, he can see in our hearts. 12Those who sneer at others don't like to be corrected, and they won't ask help from someone with sense. 13Happiness makes you smile; sorrow can crush you. 14Anyone with good sense is eager to learn more, but fools are hungry for foolishness. 15The poor have a hard life, but being content is as good as an endless feast. 16It's better to obey the LORD and have only a little, than to be very rich and terribly anxious. 17A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred. 18Losing your temper causes a lot of trouble, but staying calm settles arguments. 19A lazy person refuses to clear a thorny path, but everyone who does right walks on a smooth road. 20Children with good sense make their parents happy, but foolish children despise them. 21Stupidity brings happiness to senseless fools, but everyone with good sense follows the straight path. 22Without good advice everything goes wrong— it takes careful planning for things to go right. 23Giving the right answer at the right time makes everyone happy. 24All who are wise follow a road that leads upward to life and away from death. 25The LORD destroys the homes of those who are proud, but he protects the property of widows. 26The LORD hates evil thoughts, but kind words please him. 27Being greedy causes trouble for your family, but you protect yourself by refusing bribes. 28Good people think before they answer, but the wicked speak evil without ever thinking. 29The LORD never even hears the prayers of the wicked, but he answers the prayers of all who obey him. 30A friendly smile makes you happy, and good news makes you feel strong. 31Healthy correction is good, and if you accept it, you will be wise. 32You hurt only yourself by rejecting instruction, but it makes good sense to accept it. 33Showing respect to the LORD will make you wise, and being humble will bring honor to you.
Contemporary English Version / ©1995 American Bible Society About