Proverbs 15

1A peaceful answer causes anger to disappear. But a rough answer causes anger to grow. 2When a wise person speaks, other people want to listen. But a foolish person speaks only foolishness. 3The Lord sees what happens everywhere. The Lord watches every person—good and evil. 4Kind words are like a Tree of Life. But lying words will crush a man’s spirit. 5A foolish person refuses to listen to his father’s advice. But a wise person listens closely when people try to teach him. 6Good people are rich in many things. But the things that an evil person has only cause him trouble. 7Wise people say things that give you new information. But foolish people say nothing worth hearing. 8The Lord hates the offerings that evil people give. But the Lord is happy to hear a good person’s prayers. 9The Lord hates the way evil people live. The Lord loves people who try to do good. 10If a person begins to live wrong, then he will be punished. And the person that hates to be corrected will be destroyed. 11The Lord knows everything, even what happens in the place of death. So surely the Lord will know what happens in the hearts and minds of people. 12The foolish person hates to be told when he is wrong. And that person refuses to ask wise people for advice. 13If a person is happy, then his face will show joy. But if a person is sad in his heart, then his spirit will show that sadness. 14A wise person tries to gain more knowledge. But a foolish person only wants more foolishness. 15Some poor people are sad all the time. But for people with happiness in their hearts, life is one big party. 16It is better to be poor and respect the Lord than to be rich and have many troubles. 17It is better to eat a little in a place where there is love, than to eat a lot where there is hate. 18People that are easily angered cause trouble. But a patient person causes peace. 19A lazy person will have trouble everywhere. But life will be easy for honest people. 20A wise son brings happiness to his father. But a foolish person brings shame to his mother. 21Doing foolish things makes a foolish person happy. But a wise person is careful to do the things that are right. 22If a person does not get enough advice, then his plans will fail. But a person will succeed if he listens to the things wise people tell him. 23A person is happy when he gives a good answer. And the right word at the right time is very good. 24The things a wise person does leads to life here on earth and stop him from going down to the place of death. 25The Lord will destroy everything a proud person has. But the Lord protects the things that a widow has. 26The Lord hates evil thoughts. But the Lord is happy with kind words. 27If a person cheats to get things, then he will bring trouble to his family. But if a person is honest, then he will have no trouble. 28Good people think before they answer. But evil people speak before they think, and that causes them trouble. 29The Lord is far away from evil people. But he always hears the prayers of good people. 30A person that smiles makes other people happy. And good news makes people feel better. 31A person is very wise if he listens when someone tells him that he has done wrong. 32If a person refuses to learn, then he is only hurting himself. But the person who listens when someone tells him he is wrong, will understand more and more. 33The person who respects the Lord is learning to be wise. A person must be humble before he can truly respect the Lord.

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