1A gentle response turns away rage, but a hurtful word increases anger.
2The tongue of the wise produces good knowledge, but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.
3The eyes of Yahweh are in every place, watching the evil and the good.
4A healing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it breaks one’s spirit.
5A fool spurns discipline from his father, but the one who heeds reproof acts prudently.
6The house of the righteous person has great treasure, but trouble is stirred up by the revenue of the wicked person.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but it is not so with the heart of fools.
8A sacrifice made by the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright brings his favor.
9The road of the wicked person is an abomination to Yahweh, but he loves the one who eagerly pursues righteousness.
10Harsh discipline will be for the one who abandons the path; the one who hates reproof will die.
11Sheol and Abaddon are in the sight of Yahweh, how much more are human hearts!
12A mocker will not love anyone who reproves him; he will not go to the wise.
13A joyful heart makes a face cheerful, but when the heart is in pain, the spirit is broken.
14The heart of the one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools shepherds foolishness.
15All the days of the afflicted person are bad, but a merry heart has a lasting feast.
16Better is a little with the fear of Yahweh than great treasure and turmoil with it.
17Better is a meal of vegetables when love is present, than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
18A hot-tempered person incites strife, but one who is slow to get angry peacefully settles a dispute.
19The road of the lazy person is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is smooth.
20A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish person shows contempt for his mother.
21Foolishness is a joy to the one who lacks good sense,a but a person with understanding walks with integrity.
22By a lack of counsel, plans are shattered, but with a multitude of advisors a plan will stand.
23A person gets joy from the answer of his mouth, and how good is a word in its proper time!
24The path of life leads upward for the one who has insight in order to turn him away from Sheol below.
25Yahweh will tear down the house of the proud, but he will cause the territory of the widow to stand.
26Evil thoughts are an abomination to Yahweh, but pleasant words are pure.
27The one who pursues unjust gain troubles his household, but the one who hates gifts that influence will live.
28The heart of a righteous person considers how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29Yahweh is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30Bright eyesb make the heart glad, and a good report fattens the bones.
31An ear that listens to reproof leading to life will dwell among the wise.
32The one who ignores discipline rejects his own soul, but the one who listens to reproof acquires good sense.c
33The fear of Yahweh leads to wise instruction, and humility goes before glory.