1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, ¶ but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, ¶ but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, ¶ keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 The soothing tongue is a tree of life, ¶ but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A fool spurns a parent's discipline, ¶ but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, ¶ but the income of the wicked brings ruin.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge, ¶ but the hearts of fools are not upright.
8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, ¶ but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked, ¶ but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; ¶ the one who hates correction will die.
11 Death and Destruction [^1] lie open before the LORD — ¶ how much more do human hearts!
12 Mockers resent correction, ¶ so they avoid the wise.
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, ¶ but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, ¶ but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, ¶ but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD ¶ than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love ¶ than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, ¶ but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, ¶ but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son brings joy to his father, ¶ but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, ¶ but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, ¶ but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply — ¶ and how good is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent ¶ to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.
25 The LORD tears down the house of the proud, ¶ but he sets the widow's boundary stones in place.
26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, ¶ but gracious words are pure in his sight.
27 The greedy bring ruin to their households, ¶ but the one who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, ¶ but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked, ¶ but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, ¶ and good news gives health to the bones.
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction ¶ will be at home among the wise.
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, ¶ but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Wisdom's instruction is to fear the LORD, ¶ and humility comes before honor.