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15

A soft answer turns away wrath,

but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2

The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,

but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

3

The eyes of the Lord are in every place,

keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4

A gentle tongue is a tree of life,

but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

5

A fool despises a parent’s instruction,

but the one who heeds admonition is prudent.

6

In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,

but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.

7

The lips of the wise spread knowledge;

not so the minds of fools.

8

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,

but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,

but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.

10

There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way,

but one who hates a rebuke will die.

11

Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord,

how much more human hearts!

12

Scoffers do not like to be rebuked;

they will not go to the wise.

13

A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance,

but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

14

The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge,

but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

15

All the days of the poor are hard,

but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord

than great treasure and trouble with it.

17

Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is

than a fatted ox and hatred with it.

18

Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife,

but those who are slow to anger calm contention.

19

The way of the lazy is overgrown with thorns,

but the path of the upright is a level highway.

20

A wise child makes a glad father,

but the foolish despise their mothers.

21

Folly is a joy to one who has no sense,

but a person of understanding walks straight ahead.

22

Without counsel, plans go wrong,

but with many advisers they succeed.

23

To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone,

and a word in season, how good it is!

24

For the wise the path of life leads upward,

in order to avoid Sheol below.

25

The Lord tears down the house of the proud,

but maintains the widow’s boundaries.

26

Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,

but gracious words are pure.

27

Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households,

but those who hate bribes will live.

28

The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer,

but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.

29

The Lord is far from the wicked,

but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,

and good news refreshes the body.

31

The ear that heeds wholesome admonition

will lodge among the wise.

32

Those who ignore instruction despise themselves,

but those who heed admonition gain understanding.

33

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,

and humility goes before honor.

 


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Pr 15:1-33.

1. soft—tender or gentle.

turneth … wrath—from any one.

stir up—as a smouldering fire is excited.

2. useth … aright—commends knowledge by its proper use.

poureth out—utters abundantly (Pr 12:23), and so disgusts others.

3. beholding—watching (compare Pr 5:21; Ps 66:7).

4. A wholesome tongue—(Compare Margin), pacifying and soothing language.

tree of life—(Pr 3:18; 11:30).

perverseness therein—cross, ill-natured language.

breach … spirit—(compare Isa 65:14, Hebrew), grieves, instead of appeasing.

5. (Compare Pr 4:1; 10:17; 13:1-18).

is prudent—acts discreetly.

6. treasure—implying utility.

trouble—vexation and affliction.

7. (Compare Pr 10:20, 21).

heart … not so—not right, or vain.

8, 9. The sacrifice [and] prayer—are acts of worship.

way … followeth … righteousness—denote conduct. God's regard for the worship and deeds of the righteous and wicked respectively, so stated in Ps 50:17; Isa 1:11.

10. (Compare Pr 10:17).

the way—that in which God would have him to go (Pr 2:13; Ps 119:1).

11. Hell—(Ps 16:10).

destruction—or, "Abaddon," the place of the destroyer. All the unseen world is open to God, much more men's hearts.

12. (Compare Pr 9:8).

go unto the wise—to be instructed.

13. maketh … countenance—or, "benefits the countenance."

spirit is broken—and so the countenance is sad.

14. (Compare Pr 10:21, 22). The wise grow wiser, the fools more foolish (Pr 9:9).

15. The state of the heart governs the outward condition.

evil—sad, contrasted with the cheerfulness of a feast.

16. trouble—agitation, implying the anxieties and perplexities attending wealth held by worldlings (Pr 16:18; 1Ti 6:6).

17. dinner—or, "allowance" (2Ki 25:30)—

of herbs—and that the plainest.

and hatred—(compare Pr 10:12, 18).

18. (Compare Pr 14:29; 16:32).

19. The difficulties of the slothful result from want of energy; the righteous find a

plain [and open] way—literally, "a highway," by diligence (1Sa 10:7; Ps 1:3).

20. (Compare Pr 10:1).

21. walketh uprightly—and so finds his joy (Pr 3:6; 10:23).

22. Without counsel—or, "deliberation," implying a wise deference to the opinions of the wise and good, contrasted with rashness.

23. Good advice blesses the giver and receiver.

24. (Compare Col 3:2). Holy purposes prevent sinning, and so its evils.

25. The most desolate who have God's aid have more permanent good than the self-reliant sinner (Pr 2:22; 12:7).

border—or, "boundary for possessions" (Ps 78:54).

26. are pleasant words—that is, pleasing to God (Pr 8:8, 9).

27. (Compare Pr 11:17). Avarice brings trouble to him and his.

hateth gifts—or, "bribes" (Ex 23:8; Ps 15:5), and is not avaricious.

28. (Compare Pr 15:14; 10:11). Caution is the fruit of wisdom; rashness of folly.

29. far … wicked—in His love and favor (Ps 22:11; 119:155).

30. light of the eyes—(Pr 13:9). What gives light rejoiceth the heart, by relieving from anxiety as to our course; so

good report—or, "doctrine" (Isa 28:9; 53:1),

maketh … fat—or, "gives prosperity" (Pr 3:13-17; 9:11). The last clause is illustrated by the first.

31, 32. (Compare Pr 10:17).

reproof of life—which leads to life.

abideth … wise—is numbered among them.

32. refuseth—or, "neglects," "passes by" (Pr 1:25; 4:15).

despiseth … soul—so acts as if esteeming its interests of no value.

33. The fear … wisdom—Wisdom instructs in true piety.

before … humility—(compare Lu 24:26; 1Pe 1:11); opposite (compare Pr 16:18).




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