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The Proverbs

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1A soft answer turneth away wrath; But a grievous word stirreth up anger.
2The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools poureth out folly.
3The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.
4A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.
5A fool despiseth his father's correction; But he that regardeth reproof getteth prudence.
6In the house of the righteous is much treasure; But in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; But the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the way; [And] he that hateth reproof shall die.
11Sheol and Abaddon are before Jehovah: How much more then the hearts of the children of men!
12A scoffer loveth not to be reproved; He will not go unto the wise.
13A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance; But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
14The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.
15All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a cheerful heart [hath] a continual feast.
16Better is little, with the fear of Jehovah, Than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18A wrathful man stirreth up contention; But he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; But the path of the upright is made a highway.
20A wise son maketh a glad father; But a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21Folly is joy to him that is void of wisdom; But a man of understanding maketh straight his going.
22Where there is no counsel, purposes are disappointed; But in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
23A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; And a word in due season, how good is it!
24To the wise the way of life [goeth] upward, That he may depart from Sheol beneath.
25Jehovah will root up the house of the proud; But he will establish the border of the widow.
26Evil devices are an abomination to Jehovah; But pleasant words [are] pure.
27He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; But he that hateth bribes shall live.
28The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29Jehovah is far from the wicked; But he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart; [And] good tidings make the bones fat.
31The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life Shall abide among the wise.
32He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul; But he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.
33The fear of Jehovah is the instruction of wisdom; And before honor [goeth] humility.