Proverbs 15:31-33

He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
He who neglects discipline despises himself,
But he who listens to reproof acquires [a]understanding.
The [b]fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.

  1. Proverbs 15:32 Lit heart
  2. Proverbs 15:33 Or reverence

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Proverbs 16:1-7

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

The plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
But the Lord weighs the [a]motives.
[b]Commit your works to the Lord
And your plans will be established.
The Lord has made everything for [c]its own purpose,
Even the wicked for the day of evil.
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
And by the [d]fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

  1. Proverbs 16:2 Lit spirits
  2. Proverbs 16:3 Lit Roll
  3. Proverbs 16:4 Or His
  4. Proverbs 16:6 Or reverence

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