Proverbs 15-22 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
1 A mild answer turns back wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise pours out knowledge,
but the mouth of fools spews folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse one breaks the spirit.
5 The fool spurns a father’s instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the just there are ample resources,
but the harvest of the wicked is in peril.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
but the heart of fools is not steadfast.
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 one who pursues justice.
10 Discipline seems bad to those going astray;
one who hates reproof will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord;
how much more the hearts of mortals!
12 Scoffers do not love reproof;
to the wise they will not go.
13 A glad heart lights up the face,
but an anguished heart breaks the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the poor are evil,
but a good heart is a continual feast.
16 Better a little with fear of the Lord
than a great fortune with anxiety.
17 Better a dish of herbs where love is
than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
18 The ill-tempered stir up strife,
but the patient settle disputes.
19 The way of the sluggard is like a thorn hedge,
but the path of the diligent is a highway.
20 A wise son gives his father joy,
but a fool despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to the senseless,
but the person of understanding goes the straight way.
22 Plans fail when there is no counsel,
but they succeed when advisers are many.
23 One has joy from an apt response;
a word in season, how good it is!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent,
turning them from Sheol below.
25 The Lord pulls down the house of the proud,
but preserves intact the widow’s landmark.
26 The schemes of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,
but gracious words are pure.
27 The greedy tear down their own house,
but those who hate bribes will live.
28 The heart of the just ponders a response,
but the mouth of the wicked spews evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but hears the prayer of the just.
30 A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart;
good news invigorates the bones.
31 The ear that listens to salutary reproof
is at home among the wise.
32 Those who disregard discipline hate themselves,
but those who heed reproof acquire understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord is training for wisdom,
and humility goes before honors.
1 Plans are made in human hearts,
but from the Lord comes the tongue’s response.
2 All one’s ways are pure in one’s own eyes,
but the measurer of motives is the Lord.
3 Entrust your works to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for a purpose,
even the wicked for the evil day.
5 Every proud heart is an abomination to the Lord;
be assured that none will go unpunished.
6 By steadfast loyalty guilt is expiated,
and by the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
7 When the Lord is pleased with someone’s ways,
he makes even enemies be at peace with them.
8 Better a little with justice,
than a large income with injustice.
9 The human heart plans the way,
but the Lord directs the steps.
10 An oracle is upon the king’s lips,
no judgment of his mouth is false.
11 Balance and scales belong to the Lord;
every weight in the sack is his concern.
12 Wrongdoing is an abomination to kings,
for by justice the throne endures.
13 The king takes delight in honest lips,
and whoever speaks what is right he loves.
14 The king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but a wise person can pacify it.
15 A king’s smile means life,
and his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is preferable to silver.
17 The path of the upright leads away from misfortune;
those who attend to their way guard their lives.
18 Pride goes before disaster,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be humble with the poor
than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever ponders a matter will be successful;
happy the one who trusts in the Lord!
21 The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment,
and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.
22 Good sense is a fountain of life to those who have it,
but folly is the training of fools.
23 The heart of the wise makes for eloquent speech,
and increases the learning on their lips.
24 Pleasing words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the taste and invigorating to the bones.
25 Sometimes a way seems right,
but the end of it leads to death!
26 The appetite of workers works for them,
for their mouths urge them on.
27 Scoundrels are a furnace of evil,
and their lips are like a scorching fire.
28 Perverse speech sows discord,
and talebearing separates bosom friends.
29 The violent deceive their neighbors,
and lead them into a way that is not good.
30 Whoever winks an eye plans perversity;
whoever purses the lips does evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained by a life that is just.
32 The patient are better than warriors,
and those who rule their temper, better than the conqueror of a city.
33 Into the bag the lot is cast,
but from the Lord comes every decision.
1 Better a dry crust with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A wise servant will rule over an unworthy son,
and will share the inheritance of the children.
3 The crucible for silver, and the furnace for gold,
but the tester of hearts is the Lord.
4 The evildoer gives heed to wicked lips,
the liar, to a mischievous tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor reviles their Maker;
whoever rejoices in their misfortune will not go unpunished.
6 Children’s children are the crown of the elderly,
and the glory of children is their parentage.
7 Fine words ill fit a fool;
how much more lying lips, a noble!
8 A bribe seems a charm to its user;
at every turn it brings success.
9 Whoever overlooks an offense fosters friendship,
but whoever gossips about it separates friends.
10 A single reprimand does more for a discerning person
than a hundred lashes for a fool.
11 The wicked pursue only rebellion,
and a merciless messenger is sent against them.
12 Face a bear robbed of her cubs,
but never fools in their folly!
13 If you return evil for good,
evil will not depart from your house.
14 The start of strife is like the opening of a dam;
check a quarrel before it bursts forth!
15 Whoever acquits the wicked, whoever condemns the just—
both are an abomination to the Lord.
16 Of what use is money in the hands of fools
when they have no heart to acquire wisdom?
17 A friend is a friend at all times,
and a brother is born for the time of adversity.
18 Those without sense give their hands in pledge,
becoming surety for their neighbors.
19 Those who love an offense love a fight;
those who build their gate high court disaster.
20 The perverse in heart come to no good,
and the double-tongued fall into trouble.
21 Whoever conceives a fool has grief;
the father of a numskull has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is the health of the body,
but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A guilty person takes out a bribe from the pocket,
thus perverting the course of justice.
24 On the countenance of a discerning person is wisdom,
but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is vexation to his father,
and bitter sorrow to her who bore him.
26 It is wrong to fine an innocent person,
but beyond reason to scourge nobles.
27 Those who spare their words are truly knowledgeable,
and those who are discreet are intelligent.
28 Even fools, keeping silent, are considered wise;
if they keep their lips closed, intelligent.
1 One who is alienated seeks a pretext,
with all persistence picks a quarrel.
2 Fools take no delight in understanding,
but only in displaying what they think.
3 With wickedness comes contempt,
and with disgrace, scorn.
4 The words of one’s mouth are deep waters,
the spring of wisdom, a running brook.
5 It is not good to favor the guilty,
nor to reject the claim of the just.
6 The lips of fools walk into a fight,
and their mouths are asking for a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their ruin;
their lips are a deadly snare.
8 The words of a talebearer are like dainty morsels:
they sink into one’s inmost being.
9 Those slack in their work
are kin to the destroyer.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the just run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their strong city;
they fancy it a high wall.
12 Before disaster the heart is haughty,
but before honor is humility.
13 Whoever answers before listening,
theirs is folly and shame.
14 One’s spirit supports one when ill,
but a broken spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the intelligent acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 Gifts clear the way for people,
winning access to the great.
17 Those who plead the case first seem to be in the right;
then the opponent comes and cross-examines them.
18 The lot puts an end to disputes,
and decides a controversy between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a stronghold;
such strife is more daunting than castle gates.
20 With the fruit of one’s mouth one’s belly is filled,
with the produce of one’s lips one is sated.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
those who choose one shall eat its fruit.
22 To find a wife is to find happiness,
a favor granted by the Lord.
23 The poor implore,
but the rich answer harshly.
24 There are friends who bring ruin,
but there are true friends more loyal than a brother.
1 Better to be poor and walk in integrity
than rich and crooked in one’s ways.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good;
and whoever acts hastily, blunders.
3 Their own folly leads people astray;
in their hearts they rage against the Lord.
4 Wealth adds many friends,
but the poor are left friendless.
5 The false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever utters lies will not escape.
6 Many curry favor with a noble;
everybody is a friend of a gift giver.
7 All the kin of the poor despise them;
how much more do their friends shun them!
8 Those who gain sense truly love themselves;
those who preserve understanding will find success.
9 The false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever utters lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not befitting a fool;
much less should a slave rule over princes.
11 It is good sense to be slow to anger,
and an honor to overlook an offense.
12 The king’s wrath is like the roar of a lion,
but his favor, like dew on the grass.
13 The foolish son is ruin to his father,
and a quarrelsome wife is water constantly dripping.
14 Home and possessions are an inheritance from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the sluggard goes hungry.
16 Those who keep commands keep their lives,
but those who despise these ways will die.
17 Whoever cares for the poor lends to the Lord,
who will pay back the sum in full.
18 Discipline your son, for there is hope;
but do not be intent on his death.
19 A wrathful person bears the penalty;
after one rescue, you will have it to do again.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
that you may eventually become wise.
21 Many are the plans of the human heart,
but it is the decision of the Lord that endures.
22 What is desired of a person is fidelity;
rather be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
one eats and sleeps free from any harm.
24 The sluggard buries a hand in the dish;
not even lifting it to the mouth.
25 Beat a scoffer and the naive learn a lesson;
rebuke the intelligent and they gain knowledge.
26 Whoever mistreats a father or drives away a mother,
is a shameless and disgraceful child.
27 My son, stop attending to correction;
start straying from words of knowledge.
28 An unprincipled witness scoffs at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked pours out iniquity.
29 Rods are prepared for scoffers,
and blows for the backs of fools.
1 Wine is arrogant, strong drink is riotous;
none who are intoxicated by them are wise.
2 The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion;
those who incur his anger forfeit their lives.
3 A person gains honor by avoiding strife,
while every fool starts a quarrel.
4 In seedtime sluggards do not plow;
when they look for the harvest, it is not there.
5 The intention of the human heart is deep water,
but the intelligent draw it forth.
6 Many say, “My loyal friend,”
but who can find someone worthy of trust?
7 The just walk in integrity;
happy are their children after them!
8 A king seated on the throne of judgment
dispels all evil with his glance.
9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean,
I am cleansed of my sin”?
10 Varying weights, varying measures,
are both an abomination to the Lord.
11 In their actions even children can playact
though their deeds be blameless and right.
12 The ear that hears, the eye that sees—
the Lord has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep lest you be reduced to poverty;
keep your eyes open, have your fill of food.
14 “Bad, bad!” says the buyer,
then goes away only to boast.
15 One can put on gold and abundant jewels,
but wise lips are the most precious ornament.
16 Take the garment of the one who became surety for a stranger;
if for foreigners, exact the pledge!
17 Bread earned by deceit is sweet,
but afterward the mouth is filled with gravel.
18 Plans made with advice succeed;
with wise direction wage your war.
19 A slanderer reveals secrets;
so have nothing to do with a babbler!
20 Those who curse father or mother—
their lamp will go out in the dead of night.
21 Possessions greedily guarded at the outset
will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, “I will repay evil!”
Wait for the Lord, who will help you.
23 Varying weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
24 Our steps are from the Lord;
how, then, can mortals understand their way?
25 It is a trap to pledge rashly a sacred gift,
and after a vow, then to reflect.
26 A wise king winnows the wicked,
and threshes them under the cartwheel.
27 A lamp from the Lord is human life-breath;
it searches through the inmost being.
28 His steadfast loyalty safeguards the king,
and he upholds his throne by justice.
29 The glory of the young is their strength,
and the dignity of the old is gray hair.
30 Evil is cleansed away by bloody lashes,
and a scourging to the inmost being.
1 A king’s heart is channeled water in the hand of the Lord;
God directs it where he pleases.
2 All your ways may be straight in your own eyes,
but it is the Lord who weighs hearts.
3 To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
the lamp of the wicked will fail.
5 The plans of the diligent end in profit,
but those of the hasty end in loss.
6 Trying to get rich by lying
is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.
7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
because they refuse to do what is right.
8 One’s path may be winding and unfamiliar,
but one’s conduct is blameless and right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop
than in a mansion with a quarrelsome woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
their neighbor finds no pity in their eyes.
11 When scoffers are punished the naive become wise;
when the wise succeed, they gain knowledge.
12 The Righteous One appraises the house of the wicked,
bringing down the wicked to ruin.
13 Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor
will themselves call out and not be answered.
14 A secret gift allays anger,
and a present concealed, violent wrath.
15 When justice is done it is a joy for the just,
downfall for evildoers.
16 Whoever strays from the way of good sense
will abide in the assembly of the shades.
17 The lover of pleasure will suffer want;
the lover of wine and perfume will never be rich.
18 The wicked serve as ransom for the just,
and the faithless for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in a wilderness
than with a quarrelsome wife and trouble.
20 Precious treasure and oil are in the house of the wise,
but the fool consumes them.
21 Whoever pursues justice and kindness
will find life and honor.
22 The wise person storms the city of the mighty,
and overthrows the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Those who guard mouth and tongue
guard themselves from trouble.
24 Proud, boastful—scoffer is the name:
those who act with overbearing pride.
25 The desire of sluggards will slay them,
for their hands refuse to work.
26 Some are consumed with avarice all the day,
but the just give unsparingly.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination,
the more so when they offer it with bad intent.
28 The false witness will perish,
but one who listens will give lasting testimony.
29 The face of the wicked hardens,
but the upright maintains a straight course.
30 No wisdom, no understanding,
no counsel prevail against the Lord.
31 The horse is equipped for the day of battle,
but victory is the Lord’s.
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches,
and high esteem, than gold and silver.
2 Rich and poor have a common bond:
the Lord is the maker of them all.
3 The astute see an evil and hide,
while the naive continue on and pay the penalty.
4 The result of humility and fear of the Lord
is riches, honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are on the path of the crooked;
those who would safeguard their lives will avoid them.
6 Train the young in the way they should go;
even when old, they will not swerve from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
8 Those who sow iniquity reap calamity,
and the rod used in anger will fail.
9 The generous will be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
10 Expel the arrogant and discord goes too;
strife and insult cease.
11 The Lord loves the pure of heart;
the person of winning speech has a king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over the knowledgeable,
but he defeats the projects of the faithless.
13 The sluggard says, “A lion is outside;
I might be slain in the street.”
14 The mouth of the foreign woman is a deep pit;
whoever incurs the Lord’s anger will fall into it.
15 Folly is bound to the heart of a youth,
but the rod of discipline will drive it out.
16 Oppressing the poor for enrichment,
giving to the rich: both are sheer loss.
IV. Sayings of the Wise
17 The Words of the Wise:
Incline your ear, and hear my words,
and let your mind attend to my teaching;
18 For it will be well if you hold them within you,
if they all are ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in the Lord,
I make them known to you today—yes, to you.
20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings,
containing counsels and knowledge,
21 To teach you truly
how to give a dependable report to one who sends you?
22 Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
nor crush the needy at the gate;
23 For the Lord will defend their cause,
and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Do not be friendly with hotheads,
nor associate with the wrathful,
25 Lest you learn their ways,
and become ensnared.
26 Do not be one of those who give their hand in pledge,
those who become surety for debts;
27 For if you are unable to pay,
your bed will be taken from under you.
28 Do not remove the ancient landmark
that your ancestors set up.
29 Do you see those skilled at their work?
They will stand in the presence of kings,
but not in the presence of the obscure.
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