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Proverbs 15

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath,
But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger.

The tongue of the wise speaks knowledge that is pleasing and acceptable,
But the [babbling] mouth of fools spouts folly.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good [in all their endeavors].

A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life,
But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.

A [flippant, arrogant] fool rejects his father’s instruction and correction,
But he who [is willing to learn and] regards and keeps in mind a reprimand acquires good sense.

Great and priceless treasure is in the house of the [consistently] righteous one [who seeks godly instruction and grows in wisdom],
But trouble is in the income of the wicked one [who rejects the laws of God].

The lips of the wise spread knowledge [sifting it as chaff from the grain];
But the hearts of [shortsighted] fools are not so.

The sacrifice of the wicked is hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight!

The way [of life] of the wicked is hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness [personal integrity, moral courage and honorable character].
10 
There is severe discipline for him who [a]turns from the way [of righteousness];
And he who hates correction will die.
11 
Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the abyss, the place of eternal punishment) lie open before the Lord
How much more the hearts and inner motives of the children of men.
12 
A scoffer [unlike a wise man] resents one who rebukes him and tries to teach him;
Nor will he go to the wise [for counsel and instruction].
13 
A heart full of joy and goodness makes a cheerful face,
But when a heart is full of sadness the spirit is crushed.
14 
The mind of the intelligent and discerning seeks knowledge and eagerly inquires after it,
But the mouth of the [stubborn] fool feeds on foolishness.
15 
All the days of the afflicted are bad,
But a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of the circumstances].
16 
Better is a little with the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the Lord
Than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 
Better is a dinner of vegetables and herbs where love is present
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
18 
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger and patient calms disputes.
19 
The way of the lazy is like a hedge of thorns [it pricks, lacerates, and entangles him],
But the way [of life] of the upright is smooth and open like a highway.
20 
A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
21 
Foolishness is joy to him who is without heart and lacks [intelligent, common] sense,
But a man of understanding walks uprightly [making his course straight].
22 
Without consultation and wise advice, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they are established and succeed.
23 
A man has joy in giving an appropriate answer,
And how good and delightful is a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!
24 
The [chosen] path of life leads upward for the wise,
That he may keep away from Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) below.
25 
The Lord will tear down the house of the proud and arrogant (self-righteous),
But He will establish and protect the boundaries [of the land] of the [godly] widow.
26 
Evil plans and thoughts of the wicked are exceedingly vile and offensive to the Lord,
But pure words are pleasant words to Him.
27 
He who profits unlawfully brings suffering to his own house,
But he who hates bribes [and does not receive nor pay them] will live.
28 
The heart of the righteous thinks carefully about how to answer [in a wise and appropriate and timely way],
But the [babbling] mouth of the wicked pours out malevolent things.
29 
The Lord is far from the wicked [and distances Himself from them],
But He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous [that is, those with spiritual integrity and moral courage].
30 
The light of the eyes rejoices the hearts of others,
And good news puts fat on the bones.
31 
The ear that listens to and learns from the life-giving rebuke (reprimand, censure)
Will remain among the wise.
32 
He who neglects and ignores instruction and discipline despises himself,
But he who learns from rebuke acquires understanding [and grows in wisdom].
33 
The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the instruction for wisdom [its starting point and its essence];
And before honor comes humility.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 15:10 Lit forsakes.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 15

1穏やかに答えれば相手の心を静め、
激しいことばでやり返すとけんかになります。
良い教師がいれば学習が楽しくなり、
無力な教師は益にならないことをまくし立てます。
主はあらゆる所で、
悪人も正しい人も一人残らず見張っています。
優しいことばは人を元気づけ、
不平は人の気をくじきます。
愚かな子ほど父親の忠告を見くびり、
利口な子ほど、ひと言ひと言を熱心に聞きます。
正しい人は裕福になり、悪者は収穫を得ても、
めんどうなことに巻き込まれます。
人を教えられるのは知恵のある人だけで、
神に背く者にはとてもできません。
主は悪者の供え物を憎み、正しい人の祈りを喜びます。
9-10 主は悪者の行いをきらい、
正しく生きようとする人を愛します。
しかし途中で心変わりしたら、
きびしい罰が待っています。
その罰を受け入れなければ死ぬだけです。
11 地獄の深遠まで知っている主には、
人の心など手に取るようにわかります。
12 人をさげすむ者は、しかられるのをきらって、
知恵のある人を避けようとします。
13 楽しければ顔が輝き、
悲しければ顔が曇ります。
14 知恵のある人は熱心に真理を求め、
人をさげすむ者はつまらないことに熱中します。
15 気が重いと何もかも悪く見え、
気分がいいと、いつも喜んでいられます。
16 財産があるばかりにあれこれ気を遣うより、
貧しくとも主を信じて生きるほうが幸せです。
17 憎む者といっしょにごちそうを食べるより、
愛する人と質素な食事をするほうが幸せです。
18 気の短い者はすぐにけんかを始め、
冷静な人はその場をうまく収めます。
19 怠け者は年中問題をかかえ込み、
誠実な人は平和な一生を送ります。
20 分別がある息子は父親を喜ばせ、
反抗的な息子は母親を悲しませます。
21 愚かなことをして喜ぶのは、
何かが間違っている証拠です。
分別の備わった人は正しい道を踏みはずしません。
22 良い助言をくれる人が少ないと計画は失敗し、
多いと成功します。
23 良い助言は喜びをもたらし、
時宜にかなったことばは、
いかにすばらしいものか。
24 神を恐れる人の道は天国へ上る道。
地獄からはどんどん遠ざかります。
25 主は高慢な者を破産させ、
未亡人を心に留めます。
26 主は悪者の計画を憎み、
親切なことばを喜びます。
27 不正を働いて得た金は家族みんなを不幸にし、
わいろを憎むことは幸福をもたらします。
28 正しい人はよく考えてから話し、
悪者は見境なく悪いことばを吐き出します。
29 主は悪者とは距離を置き、
正しい人の祈りを聞きます。
30 生き生きした目の輝きと良い知らせは、
人を喜ばせ、力づけます。
31-32 有益な批判を取り入れるのは賢い人です。
批判を拒絶すれば自分をだめにします。
33 主を恐れ、謙遜に生きる人は知恵を身につけ、
人の称賛を得ます。