Proverbs 15:1–2; Proverbs 15:4; Proverbs 15:7; Proverbs 15:23; Proverbs 15:26

15  dA soft answer turns away wrath,

but ea harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,

but fthe mouths of fools pour out folly.

hA gentle1 tongue is ia tree of life,

but jperverseness in it breaks the spirit.

nThe lips of the wise spread knowledge;

nnot so the hearts of fools.1

23  To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,

and oa word in season, how good it is!

26  tThe thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,

but ugracious words are pure.