15 1A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger. 2The tongues of wise people use knowledge well. But the mouths of foolish people pour out foolish words. 3The eyes of the Lord are everywhere. They watch those who are evil and those who are good. 4A tongue that brings healing is like a tree of life. But a tongue that tells lies produces a broken spirit. 5A foolish person turns his back on how his father has trained him. But anyone who accepts being corrected shows understanding. 6The houses of those who do what is right hold great wealth. But those who do what is wrong earn only trouble. 7The lips of wise people spread knowledge. But that’s not true of the hearts of foolish people. 8The Lord hates the sacrifice of sinful people. But the prayers of honest people please him. 9The Lord hates how sinners live. But he loves those who run after what is right. 10Hard training is in store for anyone who leaves the right path. A person who hates to be corrected will die. 11Death and the Grave lie open in front of the Lord. So the hearts of mere men certainly lie open to him! 12Anyone who makes fun of others doesn’t like to be corrected. He won’t ask wise people for advice. 13A happy heart makes a face look cheerful. But a sad heart produces a broken spirit. 14A heart that understands what is right looks for knowledge. But the mouths of foolish people feed on what is foolish. 15All the days of those who are crushed are filled with pain and suffering. But a cheerful heart enjoys a good time that never ends. 16It is better to have respect for the Lord and have little than to be rich and have trouble. 17A meal of vegetables where there is love is better than the finest meat where there is hatred. 18A man who burns with anger stirs up fights. But a person who is patient calms things down. 19The way of people who don’t want to work is blocked with thorns. But the path of honest people is a wide road. 20A wise son makes his father glad. But a foolish son hates his mother. 21A person who has no sense enjoys doing foolish things. But a man who has understanding walks straight ahead. 22Plans fail without good advice. But they succeed when there are many advisers. 23Joy is found in giving the right answer. And how good is a word spoken at the right time! 24The path of life leads up for those who are wise. It keeps them from going down to the grave. 25The Lord tears down the proud person’s house. But he keeps the widow’s property safe. 26The Lord hates the thoughts of sinful people. But the thoughts of pure people are pleasing to him. 27Anyone who always wants more brings trouble to his family. But a person who refuses to be paid off will live. 28The hearts of those who do right think about how they will answer. But the mouths of those who do wrong pour out evil. 29The Lord is far away from those who do wrong. But he hears the prayers of those who do right. 30A cheerful look brings joy to your heart. And good news gives health to your body. 31If you listen to a warning, you will live. You will be at home among those who are wise. 32Anyone who turns away from his training hates himself. But anyone who accepts being corrected gains understanding. 33Having respect for the Lord teaches you how to live wisely. So don’t be proud if you want to be honored.
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