1A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
3The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
4A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
5A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.
6Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,
But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
10Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way;
He who hates reproof will die.
11Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
How much more the hearts of men!
12A scoffer does not love one who reproves him,
He will not go to the wise.
13A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,
But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
14The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15All the days of the afflicted are bad,
But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
17Better is a dish of vegetables where love is
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Action: How important are my actions towards others?