Proverbs 10:1–32

The Proverbs of Solomon

10 These are the proverbs of Solomon.

A wise son makes his father glad.

But a foolish son brings sorrow to his mother.

2 Riches that are gained by sinning aren’t worth anything.

But doing what is right saves you from death.

3 The Lord gives those who do right the food they need.

But he lets those who do wrong go hungry.

4 Hands that don’t want to work make you poor.

But hands that work hard bring wealth to you.

5 A child who gathers crops in summer is wise.

But a child who sleeps at harvest time brings shame.

6 Blessings are like crowns on the heads of those who do right.

But the trouble caused by what sinners say destroys them.

7 To remember those who do right is a blessing.

But the names of those who do wrong will rot.

8 A wise heart accepts commands.

But foolish chattering destroys you.

9 Anyone who lives without blame walks safely.

But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.

10 An evil wink gets you into trouble.

And foolish chattering destroys you.

11 The mouths of those who do right are a fountain of life.

But the trouble caused by what sinners say destroys them.

12 Hate stirs up fights.

But love erases all sins by forgiving them.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of those who understand what is right.

But those who have no sense are punished.

14 Wise people store up knowledge.

But the mouths of foolish people destroy them.

15 The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe.

But having nothing destroys those who are poor.

16 People who do what is right earn life.

But what sinners earn causes them to be punished.

17 Anyone who pays attention to his training

is on his way to life.

But anyone who refuses to be corrected

leads others down the wrong path.

18 Anyone who hides hatred has lying lips.

And anyone who spreads lies is foolish.

19 Those who talk a lot are likely to sin.

But those who control their tongues are wise.

20 The tongues of those who do right are like fine silver.

But the hearts of those who do wrong aren’t worth very much.

21 The words of those who do right benefit many people.

But those who are foolish die because they have no sense.

22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth.

Trouble doesn’t come with it.

23 A foolish person finds pleasure in doing evil things.

But a man who has understanding takes delight in wisdom.

24 What sinners are afraid of will catch up with them.

But those who do right will get what they want.

25 When the storm is over, sinners are gone.

But those who do right stand firm forever.

26 Anyone who doesn’t want to work hurts those who send him.

He is like vinegar on the teeth or smoke in the eyes.

27 Having respect for the Lord leads to a longer life.

But the years of evil people are cut short.

28 Those who do right can expect joy.

But the hopes of sinners are bound to fail.

29 The way of the Lord leads to a safe place for those who do right.

But it destroys those who do evil.

30 Those who do right will never be removed from the land.

But those who do wrong will not remain in it.

31 The mouths of those who do right produce wisdom.

But tongues that speak twisted words will be cut out.

32 Those who do right know the proper thing to say.

But those who do wrong speak only twisted words.

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