1A mild answer turns away wrath, sharp words stir up anger. 2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge welcome, the mouth of a fool spews fol y. 3The eyes of Yahweh are everywhere: observing the wicked and the good. 4The tongue that soothes is a tree of life; the perverse tongue, a breaker of hearts. 5Only a fool spurns a father's discipline, whoever accepts correction is discreet. 6In the house of the upright there is no lack of treasure, the earnings of the wicked are fraught withanxiety. 7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, not so the hearts of fools. 8The sacrifice of the wicked is abhorrent to Yahweh, dear to him is the prayer of the honest. 9The conduct of the wicked is abhorrent to Yahweh, but he loves the person whose goal is uprightness. 10Correction is severe for one who leaves the way; whoever hates being reprimanded wil die. 11Sheol and Perdition lie open to Yahweh; how much more the human heart! 12The mocker does not care to be reprimanded, and wil not choose the wise as companions. 13Glad heart means happy face, where the heart is sad the spirit is broken. 14The heart of the wise seeks knowledge, a fool's mouth feeds on fol y. 15For the poor every day is evil, for the joyous heart it is always festival time. 16Better to have little and with it fear of Yahweh than immense wealth and with it anxiety. 17Better a dish of herbs when love is there than a fattened ox and hatred to go with it. 18The hot-headed provokes disputes, the equable al ays dissension. 19The way of the lazy is like a thorny hedge, the path of the honest is a broad highway. 20A wise child is a father's joy; only a brute despises his mother. 21Fol y appeals to someone without sense, a person of understanding goes straight forward. 22Without deliberation plans come to nothing. Plans succeed where counsellors are many. 23Anyone who has a ready answer has joy too: how satisfying is the apt reply! 24For the prudent, the path of life leads upwards thus avoiding Sheol below. 25Yahweh pulls down the house of the proud, but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact. 26Wicked scheming is abhorrent to Yahweh, but words that are kind are pure. 27Craving for dishonest gain brings trouble on a house, hatred of bribery earns life. 28The heart of the upright reflects before answering, the mouth of the wicked spews out wickedness. 29Yahweh keeps his distance from the wicked, but he listens to the prayers of the upright. 30A kindly glance gives joy to the heart, good news lends strength to the bones. 31The ear attentive to wholesome correction finds itself at home in the company of the wise. 32Whoever rejects correction lacks self-respect, whoever accepts reproof grows in understanding. 33The fear of Yahweh is a school of wisdom, before there can be glory, there must be humility.
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