Proverbs 15
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1  A soft answer turneth away wrath; but a grievous word stirreth up anger.

א  מַעֲנֶה רַּךְ יָשִׁיב חֵמָה וּדְבַר עֶצֶב יַעֲלֶה אָף.

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

ב  לְשׁוֹן חֲכָמִים תֵּיטִיב דָּעַת וּפִי כְסִילִים יַבִּיעַ אִוֶּלֶת.

3  The eyes of Hashem are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

ג  בְּכָל מָקוֹם עֵינֵי יְהוָה צֹפוֹת רָעִים וְטוֹבִים.

4  A soothing tongue is a tree of life; but perverseness therein is a wound to the spirit.

ד  מַרְפֵּא לָשׁוֹן עֵץ חַיִּים וְסֶלֶף בָּהּ שֶׁבֶר בְּרוּחַ.

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

ה  אֱוִיל יִנְאַץ מוּסַר אָבִיו וְשֹׁמֵר תּוֹכַחַת יַעְרִים.

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

ו  בֵּית צַדִּיק חֹסֶן רָב וּבִתְבוּאַת רָשָׁע נֶעְכָּרֶת.

7  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; but the heart of the foolish is not stedfast.

ז  שִׂפְתֵי חֲכָמִים יְזָרוּ דָעַת וְלֵב כְּסִילִים לֹא כֵן.

8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Hashem; but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

ח  זֶבַח רְשָׁעִים תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה וּתְפִלַּת יְשָׁרִים רְצוֹנוֹ.

9  The way of the wicked is an abomination to Hashem; but He loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

ט  תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה דֶּרֶךְ רָשָׁע וּמְרַדֵּף צְדָקָה יֶאֱהָב.

10  There is grievous correction for him that forsaketh the way; and he that hateth reproof shall die.

י  מוּסָר רָע לְעֹזֵב אֹרַח שׂוֹנֵא תוֹכַחַת יָמוּת.

11  The nether-world and Destruction are before Hashem; how much more then the hearts of the children of men!

יא  שְׁאוֹל וַאֲבַדּוֹן נֶגֶד יְהוָה אַף כִּי לִבּוֹת בְּנֵי אָדָם.

12  A scorner loveth not to be reproved; he will not go unto the wise.

יב  לֹא יֶאֱהַב לֵץ הוֹכֵחַ לוֹ אֶל חֲכָמִים לֹא יֵלֵךְ.

13  A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance; but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

יג  לֵב שָׂמֵחַ יֵיטִב פָּנִים וּבְעַצְּבַת לֵב רוּחַ נְכֵאָה.

14  The heart of him that hath discernment seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of fools feedeth on folly.

יד  לֵב נָבוֹן יְבַקֶּשׁ דָּעַת ופני (וּפִי) כְסִילִים יִרְעֶה אִוֶּלֶת.

15  All the days of the poor are evil; but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

טו  כָּל יְמֵי עָנִי רָעִים וְטוֹב לֵב מִשְׁתֶּה תָמִיד.

16  Better is little with the fear of Hashem, than great treasure and turmoil therewith.

tov m’-AT b’-yir-AT a-do-NAI may-o-TZAR rav um-HU-mah vo.

טז  טוֹב מְעַט בְּיִרְאַת יְהוָה מֵאוֹצָר רָב וּמְהוּמָה בוֹ.

15:16   Better is little with the fear of the LORD

King Solomon presents an understanding of true value for the reader. It is better to have only a little, accompanied by faith in God, than to have much wealth and suffer from inner turmoil and doubt. In today’s celebrity culture, this is especially evident, as so many people who seem to have it all suffer publicly from depression and family instability, seeking meaning in their lives.


17  Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

יז  טוֹב אֲרֻחַת יָרָק וְאַהֲבָה שָׁם מִשּׁוֹר אָבוּס וְשִׂנְאָה בוֹ.

18  A wrathful man stirreth up discord; but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

יח  אִישׁ חֵמָה יְגָרֶה מָדוֹן וְאֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם יַשְׁקִיט רִיב.

19  The way of the sluggard is as though hedged by thorns; but the path of the upright is even.

יט  דֶּרֶךְ עָצֵל כִּמְשֻׂכַת חָדֶק וְאֹרַח יְשָׁרִים סְלֻלָה.

20  A wise son maketh a glad father; but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

כ  בֵּן חָכָם יְשַׂמַּח אָב וּכְסִיל אָדָם בּוֹזֶה אִמּוֹ.

21  Folly is joy to him that lacketh understanding; but a man of discernment walketh straightforwards.

כא  אִוֶּלֶת שִׂמְחָה לַחֲסַר לֵב וְאִישׁ תְּבוּנָה יְיַשֶּׁר לָכֶת.

22  For want of counsel purposes are frustrated; but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

כב  הָפֵר מַחֲשָׁבוֹת בְּאֵין סוֹד וּבְרֹב יוֹעֲצִים תָּקוּם.

23  A man hath joy in the answer of his mouth; and a word in due season, how good is it!

כג  שִׂמְחָה לָאִישׁ בְּמַעֲנֵה פִיו וְדָבָר בְּעִתּוֹ מַה טּוֹב.

24  The path of life goeth upward for the wise, that he may depart from the nether-world beneath.

כד  אֹרַח חַיִּים לְמַעְלָה לְמַשְׂכִּיל לְמַעַן סוּר מִשְּׁאוֹל מָטָּה.

25  Hashem will pluck up the house of the proud; but He will establish the border of the widow.

כה  בֵּית גֵּאִים יִסַּח יְהוָה וְיַצֵּב גְּבוּל אַלְמָנָה.

26  The thoughts of wickedness are an abomination to Hashem; but words of pleasantness are pure.

כו  תּוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה מַחְשְׁבוֹת רָע וּטְהֹרִים אִמְרֵי נֹעַם.

27  He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

כז  עֹכֵר בֵּיתוֹ בּוֹצֵעַ בָּצַע וְשׂוֹנֵא מַתָּנֹת יִחְיֶה.

28  The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

כח  לֵב צַדִּיק יֶהְגֶּה לַעֲנוֹת וּפִי רְשָׁעִים יַבִּיעַ רָעוֹת.

29  Hashem is far from the wicked; but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.

כט  רָחוֹק יְהוָה מֵרְשָׁעִים וּתְפִלַּת צַדִּיקִים יִשְׁמָע.

30  The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart; and a good report maketh the bones fat.

ל  מְאוֹר עֵינַיִם יְשַׂמַּח לֵב שְׁמוּעָה טוֹבָה תְּדַשֶּׁן עָצֶם.

31  The ear that hearkeneth to the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

לא  אֹזֶן שֹׁמַעַת תּוֹכַחַת חַיִּים בְּקֶרֶב חֲכָמִים תָּלִין.

32  He that refuseth correction despiseth his own soul; but he that hearkeneth to reproof getteth understanding.

לב  פּוֹרֵעַ מוּסָר מוֹאֵס נַפְשׁוֹ וְשׁוֹמֵעַ תּוֹכַחַת קוֹנֶה לֵּב.

33  The fear of Hashem is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour goeth humility.

לג  יִרְאַת יְהוָה מוּסַר חָכְמָה וְלִפְנֵי כָבוֹד עֲנָוָה.

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Proverbs 15