Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 15:1 A SOFT answer turneth away wrath: but a grievous word stirreth up anger. Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out folly. Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit. Proverbs 15:5 A fool despiseth his father's correction: but he that regardeth reproof getteth prudence. Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so. Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. Proverbs 15:10 There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die. Proverbs 15:11 Sheol and Abaddon are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men! Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loveth not to be reproved: he will not go unto the wise. Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on folly. Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a cheerful heart [hath] a continual feast. Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble therewith. Proverbs 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up contention: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. Proverbs 15:19 The way of the sluggard is as an hedge of thorns: but the path of the upright is made an highway. 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 wisdom: but a man of understanding maketh straight his going. Proverbs 15:22 Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth: and a word in due season, how good is it! Proverbs 15:24 To the wise the way of life [goeth] upward, that he may depart from Sheol beneath. Proverbs 15:25 The LORD will root up the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. Proverbs 15:26 Evil devices are an abomination to the LORD: but pleasant words [are] pure. 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 the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] good tidings make the bones fat. Proverbs 15:31 The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life shall abide among the wise. Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul: but he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding. Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [goeth] humility.