December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
- The tongue of the wise pours out knowledge, but the mouth of fools spurts forth folly.
- The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
- A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse one crushes the spirit.
- The fool spurns his father's admonition, but prudent is he who heeds reproof.
- In the house of the just there are ample resources, but the earnings of the wicked are in turmoil.
- The lips of the wise disseminate knowledge, but the heart of fools is perverted.
- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
- The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves the man who pursues virtue.
- Severe punishment is in store for the man who goes astray; he who hates reproof will die.
- 1 The nether world and the abyss lie open before the LORD; how much more the hearts of men!
- The senseless man loves not to be reproved; to wise men he will not go.
- A glad heart lights up the face, but by mental anguish the spirit is broken.
- The mind of the intelligent man seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
- Every day is miserable for the depressed, but a lighthearted man has a continual feast.
- 2 Better a little with fear of the LORD than a great fortune with anxiety.
- Better a dish of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.
- An ill-tempered man stirs up strife, but a patient man allays discord.
- The way of the sluggard is hemmed in as with thorns, but the path of the diligent is a highway.
- A wise son makes his father glad, but a fool of a man despises his mother.
- Folly is joy to the senseless man, but the man of understanding goes the straight way.
- Plans fail when there is no counsel, but they succeed when counselors are many.
- There is joy for a man in his utterance; a word in season, how good it is!
- The path of life leads the prudent man upward, that he may avoid the nether world below.
- The LORD overturns the house of the proud, but he preserves intact the widow's landmark.
- The wicked man's schemes are an abomination to the LORD, but the pure speak what is pleasing to him.
- He who is greedy of gain brings ruin on his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.
- The just man weighs well his utterance, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.
- The LORD is far from the wicked, but the prayer of the just he hears.
- A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart; good news invigorates the bones.
- He who listens to salutary reproof will abide among the wise.
- He who rejects admonition despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gains understanding.
- The fear of the LORD is training for wisdom, and humility goes before honors.
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1  Nether world . . . abyss: the abode of the dead, signifying the profound obscurity which is open nevertheless to the sight and power of God.
2 [16-17] Not the amount of temporal goods but the virtue of their possessor makes them a source of happiness.
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