The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the fool pours out folly.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
A fool despises his father's instruction and correction, but he who regards reproof acquires prudence.
In the house of the righteous is great treasure, but with the income of the wicked is trouble and vexation.
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge ; not so the minds and hearts of the self-confident and foolish.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight!
The way of the wicked is an abomination, extremely disgusting and shamefully vile to the Lord, but He loves him who pursues righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).
There is severe discipline for him who forsakes God's way; and he who hates reproof will die .
Sheol (the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the abyss, the final place of the accuser Satan) are both before the Lord--how much more, then, the hearts of the children of men?
A scorner has no love for one who rebukes him; neither will he go to the wise .
A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.
The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge and inquires after and craves it, but the mouth of the fool feeds on folly.
All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil , but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast .
Better is little with the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord than great and rich treasure and trouble with it.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger appeases contention.
The way of the sluggard is overgrown with thorns , but the way of the righteous is plain and raised like a highway.
A wise son makes a glad father, but a self-confident and foolish man despises his mother and puts her to shame.
Folly is pleasure to him who is without heart and sense, but a man of understanding walks uprightly .
Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished.
A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment--how good it is!
The path of the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid in the depths of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).
The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but He makes secure the boundaries of the widow.
The thoughts of the wicked are shamefully vile and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasing words to Him.
He who is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
The mind of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with Him).
The light in the eyes rejoices the hearts of others, and good news nourishes the bones.
The ear that listens to the reproof life will remain among the wise.
He who refuses and ignores instruction and correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Summary: How can we have a happier home?
1. Remember to rejoice in the Lord (vs. 13 & 15).
2. Focus your fear on the Lord (vs. 16).
3. Live in godly love (vs. 17).
4. Act to overcome your anger (vs. 18).
5. Walk in the wisdom of God's Word (vs. 14&20).
Summary: One moment we can be happy and soon life brings circumstances that can trouble us. If not careful we will let everything become so intense that we will lose our joy. God did not create us to live a stressful life but to enjoy every moment of our day.
Summary: James says the tongue is a filthy and foul organ of the body. But Proverbs 15 tells us that that very tongue has ability to do mighty things for God. What does Proverbs tell us are the good things we can use this muscle to do?
Summary: The answers to the riddles & problems of life lies with God. Therefore wise counselors know the God of the Bible & know the Bible of God. The Bible’s profound insights should cause us to face & solve problems in the wisest way.
Summary: God’s Proverbs instructs us in how God wants us to live. These Proverbs teach us that God has designed us to function better when we are cheerful. Even our physical & emotional health is effected by our spiritual mood.
Summary: Reproof is a very positive use of speech, provided it's motivated by love and directed by wisdom. Rebuke is not pleasant to our fallen nature but we learn to value it for the results it brings. The best and wisest of us falls short and has much to learn &
Summary: I suspect all of us can identify a Barnabas or two in our past who gave us a second chance. Maybe it was a parent or a relative or a teacher or a church leader or a close friend. Christianity means second chances.