The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up displeasure.
2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge good, But the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.
3The eyes of יהוה are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.
4A healing tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it crushes the spirit.
5A fool despises his father’s discipline, But he who heeds reproof is clever.
6The household of the righteous is a great treasure, But in the income of the wrong is trouble.
7The lips of the wise scatter knowledge, But the heart of fools is not so.
8The slaughtering of the wrong ones Is an abomination to יהוה, But the prayer of the straight is His delight.
9The way of the wrong one Is an abomination to יהוה, But He loves him who pursues righteousness.
10Discipline is grievous to him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof dies.
11The grave and destruction are before יהוה, How much more the hearts of the sons of men.
12A scoffer does not love his reprover, Nor does he go to the wise.
13A glad heart makes good a face, But by sorrow of heart the spirit is stricken.
14The heart of the understanding one seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15All the days of the afflicted are evil, But gladness of heart is a continual feast.
16Better is a little with the fear of יהוה, Than great treasure with trouble.
17Better is a meal of vegetables where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred.
18A man of wrath stirs up strife, But he who is patient appeases strife.
19The way of a lazy one is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the straight is a highway.
20A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.
21Folly is joy to one lacking heart, But a man of understanding walks straight.
22Without counsel, plans go wrong, But by great counsellors they are established.
23A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And how good is a word spoken in its season!
24The path of life is upward for the wise, To turn away from the grave below.
25יהוה tears down the house of the proud, And He sets up the boundary of the widow.
26Evil thoughts are an abomination to יהוה, But pleasant words are clean.
27He who is greedy for gain, troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes lives.
28The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wrong pours out evil.
30The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, A good report gives marrow to the bones.
31An ear that hears the reproof of life Does dwell among the wise.
32He who ignores discipline hates himself, But he who listens to reproof gets understanding.
33The fear of יהוה is the discipline of wisdom, And before esteem is humility.