Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away fury; but a grievous word stirreth up anger. Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright; but the mouth of the foolish poureth out folly. Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:4 Gentleness of tongue is a tree of life; but crookedness therein is a breaking of the spirit. Proverbs 15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction; but he that regardeth reproof becometh prudent. Proverbs 15:6 In the house of a righteous [man] is much treasure; but in the revenue of a wicked [man] is disturbance. Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but not so the heart of the foolish. Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; but the prayer of the upright is his delight. Proverbs 15:9 The way of a wicked [man] is an abomination to Jehovah; but him that pursueth righteousness he loveth. Proverbs 15:10 Grievous correction is for him that forsaketh the path; he that hateth reproof shall die. Proverbs 15:11 Sheol and destruction are before Jehovah; how much more then the hearts of the children of men! Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him; he will not go unto the wise. Proverbs 15:13 A joyful heart maketh a cheerful countenance; but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:14 The heart of an intelligent [man] seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of the foolish feedeth on folly. Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil; but a cheerful heart is a continual feast. Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of Jehovah than great store and disquietude therewith. Proverbs 15:17 Better is a meal of herbs where love is, than a fatted ox and hatred therewith. Proverbs 15:18 A furious man stirreth up contention; but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. Proverbs 15:19 The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; but the path of the upright is made plain. Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father; but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Proverbs 15:21 Folly is joy to him that is void of sense; but a man of understanding regulateth his walk. Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed; but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word in its season, how good is it! Proverbs 15:24 The path of life is upwards for the wise, that he may depart from Sheol beneath. Proverbs 15:25 Jehovah plucketh up the house of the proud; but he establisheth the boundary of the widow. Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the evil [man] are an abomination to Jehovah; but pure words are pleasant. Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. Proverbs 15:28 The heart of a righteous [man] studieth to answer; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. Proverbs 15:29 Jehovah is far from the wicked; but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:30 That which enlighteneth the eyes rejoiceth the heart; good tidings make the bones fat. Proverbs 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life shall abide among the wise. Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul; but he that heareth reproof getteth sense. Proverbs 15:33 The fear of Jehovah is the discipline of wisdom, and before honour [goeth] humility.