A scoffer does not like to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
The path of life leads upward for the prudent,
that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
The LORD tears down the house of the proud
but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
but gracious words are pure.
Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household,
but he who hates bribes will live.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The LORD is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones.
—Proverbs 15:12-14, 23-30
by: Grace Crouch.
Have you ever met someone who always says what is on his mind? Does he seem like a wise person to you? One thing I struggle with is thinking before I speak. I often think I fit the description of the person whose mouth is in motion before the mind is in gear. “The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things” (Proverbs 15:28, RSV).