JPS Tanakh 1917
1A soft answer turneth away wrath;
But a grievous word stirreth up anger.
2The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright;
But the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.
4A soothing tongue is a tree of life;
But perverseness therein is a wound to the spirit.
5A fool despiseth his father’s correction;
But he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
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 is not stedfast.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD;
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD;
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.
11The nether-world and Destruction are before the LORD;
How much more then the hearts of the children of men!
12A scorner loveth not to be reproved;
He will not go unto the wise.
13A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance;
But by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
14The heart of him that hath discernment seeketh knowledge;
But the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.
15All the days of the poor are evil;
But he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16Better is little with the fear of the LORD,
Than great treasure and turmoil therewith.
17Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18A wrathful man stirreth up discord;
But he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19The way of the sluggard is as though hedged by thorns;
But the path of the upright is even.
20A wise son maketh a glad father;
But a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21Folly is joy to him that lacketh understanding;
But a man of discernment walketh straightforwards.
22For want of counsel purposes are frustrated;
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!
24The path of life goeth upward for the wise,
that he may depart from the nether-world beneath.
25The LORD will pluck up the house of the proud;
But He will establish the border of the widow.
26The thoughts of wickedness are an abomination to the LORD;
But words of pleasantness are pure.
27He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house;
But he that hateth gifts shall live.
28The heart of the righteous studieth to answer;
But the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29The LORD is far from the wicked;
But He heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart;
And a good report maketh the bones fat.
31The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul;
But he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.
33The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom;
And before honour goeth humility.
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