Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 15:1 A mild answer breaketh wrath: but a harsh word stirreth up fury. Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: but the mouth of fools bubbleth out folly. Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord in every place behold the good and the evil. Proverbs 15:4 A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is immoderate, shall crush the spirit. Proverbs 15:5 A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. In abundant justice there is the greatest strength: but the devices of the wicked shall be rooted out. Proverbs 15:6 The house of the just is very much strength: and in the fruits of the wicked is trouble. Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise shall disperse knowledge: the heart of fools shall be unlike. Proverbs 15:8 The victims of the wicked are abominable to the Lord: the vows of the just are acceptable. Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: he that followeth justice is beloved by him. Proverbs 15:10 Instruction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way of life: he that hateth reproof shall die. Proverbs 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more the hearts of the children of men? Proverbs 15:12 A corrupt man loveth not one that reproveth him: nor will he go to the wise. Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by grief of mind the spirit is cast down. Proverbs 15:14 The heart of the wise seeketh instruction: and the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the poor are evil: a secure mind is like a continual feast. Proverbs 15:16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasures without content. Proverbs 15:17 It is better to be invited to herbs with love, than to a fatted calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:18 A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up. Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns: the way of the just is without offence. Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a father joyful: but the foolish man despiseth his mother. Proverbs 15:21 Folly is joy to the fool: and the wise man maketh straight his steps. Proverbs 15:22 Designs are brought to nothing where there is no counsel: but where there are many counsellors, they are established. Proverbs 15:23 A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best. Proverbs 15:24 The path of life is above for the wise, that he may decline from the lowest hell. Proverbs 15:25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: and will strengthen the borders of the widow. Proverbs 15:26 Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord: and pure words most beautiful shall be confirmed by him. Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth bribes shall live. By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil. Proverbs 15:28 The mind of the just studieth obedience: the mouth of the wicked overfloweth with evils. Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked: and he will hear the prayers of the just. Proverbs 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the soul: a good name maketh the bones fat. Proverbs 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproofs of life, shall abide in the midst of the wise. Proverbs 15:32 He that rejecteth instruction, despiseth his own soul: but he that yieldeth to reproof, possesseth understanding. Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord is the lesson of wisdom: and humility goeth before glory.