Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness in it [is] a breach in the spirit. Proverbs 15:5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. 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 diffuse 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 Correction [is] grievous to him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die. Proverbs 15:11 Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men? Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go to the wise. Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast. Proverbs 15:16 Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble with it. Proverbs 15:17 Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred with it. Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife. Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothful [man is] as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [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] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [it is]! Proverbs 15:24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. Proverbs 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words. 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] a good report maketh the bones fat. Proverbs 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom: and before honor is humility.