Wise people guard their tongues, speaking gently for the benefit of others.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 15:1-9

ESV Text: Proverbs 15:1-9

Proverbs 15:1–9 (Listen)


15:1   A soft answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
  The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
    but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
  The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
    keeping watch on the evil and the good.
  A gentle1 tongue is a tree of life,
    but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
  A fool despises his father’s instruction,
    but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
  In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
    but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
  The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
    not so the hearts of fools.2
  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
    but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
  The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
    but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

Footnotes

[1] 15:4 Or healing

[2] 15:7 Or the hearts of fools are not steadfast

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 15

     1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

     2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

     3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

     4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

     5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

     6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

     7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

     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 unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 47:
Savior Again to Thy Dear Name

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Savior, again to Thy dear name we raise 
With one accord our parting hymn of praise. 
Once more we bless Thee ere our worship cease, 
Then, lowly bending, wait Thy word of peace. 

2. Grant us Thy peace upon our homeward way; 
With Thee began, with Thee shall end, the day; 
Guard Thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame, 
That in this house have called upon Thy name. 

3. Grant us Thy peace, Lord, through the coming night; 
Turn Thou for us its darkness into light. 
From harm and danger keep Thy children free, 
For dark and light are both alike to Thee. 

4. Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life, 
Our balm in sorrow and our stay in strife; 
Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease, 
Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal peace. 


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