1 A soft answer turns away wrath; But a grievous word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise utters knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools gushes out folly.
3 The eyes of Yahweh are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness in it is a breaking of the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father's correction; But he who regards reproof gets prudence.
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 is not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is disgusting to Yahweh; But the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 The way of the wicked is disgusting to Yahweh; But he loves him who follows after righteousness.
10 There is grievous correction for him who forsakes the way; [And] he who hates reproof will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon are before Yahweh: How much more then the hearts of the sons of man!
12 A scoffer does not love to be reproved; He will not go to the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance; But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge; But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he who is of a cheerful heart [has] a continual feast.
16 Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh, Than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs, where there is love, Than a stalled ox and hatred with it.
18 A wrathful man stirs up contention; But he who is slow to anger appeases strife.
19 The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; But the path of the upright is made a highway.
20 A wise son makes a glad father; But [a] foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding makes straight his going.
22 Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed; But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23 A man has joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good it is!
24 To the wise the way of life [goes] upward, That he may depart from Sheol beneath.
25 Yahweh will root up the house of the proud; But he will establish the border of the widow.
26 Evil devices are disgusting to Yahweh; But pleasant words [are] pure.
27 He who is greedy of gain troubles his own house; But he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous studies to answer; But the mouth of the wicked gushes out evil things.
29 Yahweh is far from the wicked; But he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart; [And] good news make the bones fat.
31 The ear that harkens to the reproof of life Will reside among the wise.
32 He who refuses correction despises his own soul; But he who harkens to reproof gets understanding.
33 The fear of Yahweh is the instruction of wisdom; And before honor [goes] humility.