(Prov 15:1 NASB)  A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

Prov 15:1:      It is easy to stir up anger with a few harsh words.  But there is no reason to stir up anger when it is not necessary.


(Prov 15:2 NASB)  The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

Prov 15:2:      Solomon speaks a lot of the contrast between the words of the wise and foolish.


(Prov 15:3 NASB)  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.

Prov 15:3:      The eyes of Yahweh see everything (2 Chron. 16:9, Job 34:21-22, Jer. 16:17, 23:24, 32:19).


(Prov 15:4 NASB)  A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
(Prov 15:5 NASB)  A fool rejects his father’s discipline, But he who regards reproof is prudent.

Prov 15:5:      Once again, Solomon speaks of the wisdom in accepting reproof and discipline.


(Prov 15:6 NASB)  Much wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
(Prov 15:7 NASB)  The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so.

Prov 15:7:      The lips of the wise spread knowledge, which is His Torah (Psalm 37:30-31).


(Prov 15:8 NASB)  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

Prov 15:8:      The sacrifice or anything else of the wicked is an abomination to Elohim (Prov. 28:9, Isa. 1:10-18, Jer. 6:19-20, 7:21-23).


(Prov 15:9 NASB)  The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who pursues righteousness.
(Prov 15:10 NASB)  Stern discipline is for him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof will die.

Prov 15:10:      The Hebrew word for “way” is orach.  It is a reference to keeping His Torah (Prov. 12:28, Psalm 119:9, 15, Isaiah 2:3)


(Prov 15:11 NASB)  Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!
(Prov 15:12 NASB)  A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise.

Prov 15:12:      A scoffer will despise those who try to reprove him and direct him toward the Torah of the Father.


(Prov 15:13 NASB)  A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
(Prov 15:14 NASB)  The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

Prov 15:14:      The mind of the intelligent seeks the knowledge of Elohim and His ways (Psalm 119:97-100).


(Prov 15:15 NASB)  All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
(Prov 15:16 NASB)  Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

Prov 15:16:      Having very little and having a fear of Yahweh is better than anything the world has to offer.


(Prov 15:17 NASB)  Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, Than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

Prov 15:17:      Nothing is enjoyable when hatred is stirred up.


(Prov 15:18 NASB)  A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger pacifies contention.

Prov 15:18:      This is another warning to control our temper.


(Prov 15:19 NASB)  The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.
(Prov 15:20 NASB)  A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.

Prov 15:20:      This is another contrast between the wise son and the foolish son.


(Prov 15:21 NASB)  Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.
(Prov 15:22 NASB)  Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.
(Prov 15:23 NASB)  A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

Prov 15:23:      It is noteworthy that joy and delight come from an apt answer and a timely word.


(Prov 15:24 NASB)  The path of life leads upward for the wise, That he may keep away from Sheol below.
(Prov 15:25 NASB)  The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
(Prov 15:26 NASB)  Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.
(Prov 15:27 NASB)  He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.

Prov 15:27:      Elohim insists on proper business conduct.


(Prov 15:28 NASB)  The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Prov 15:28:      Answers to questions and dilemmas should be thought out and studied.


(Prov 15:29 NASB)  The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Prov 15:29:      As mentioned earlier, Elohim only hears the prayers of the righteous.


(Prov 15:30 NASB)  Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.
(Prov 15:31 NASB)  He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.
(Prov 15:32 NASB)  He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

Prov 15:32:      This is more advice on embracing discipline and reproof.


(Prov 15:33 NASB)  The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

Prov 15:33:      The fear of Yahweh is the instruction for wisdom (Psalm 111:10, Job 28:28).

Patrick McGuire

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