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Wise Sayings of Solomon

10 The proverbs of aSolomon:

bA wise son makes a glad father,

But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

2 cTreasures of wickedness profit nothing,

dBut righteousness delivers from death.

3 eThe Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish,

But He casts away the desire of the wicked.

4 fHe who has a slack hand becomes poor,

But gthe hand of the diligent makes rich.

5 He who gathers in hsummer is a wise son;

He who sleeps in harvest is ia son who causes shame.

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,

But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

7 jThe memory of the righteous is blessed,

But the name of the wicked will rot.

8 The wise in heart will receive commands,

kBut 1a prating fool will 2fall.

9 lHe who walks with integrity walks securely,

But he who perverts his ways will become known.

10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble,

But a prating fool will fall.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,

But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirs up strife,

But mlove covers all sins.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,

But na rod is for the back of him who 3is devoid of understanding.

14 Wise people store up knowledge,

But othe mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

15 The prich man’s wealth is his strong city;

The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 The labor of the righteous leads to qlife,

The wages of the wicked to sin.

17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,

But he who refuses correction 4goes astray.

18 Whoever rhides hatred has lying lips,

And swhoever spreads slander is a fool.

19 tIn the multitude of words sin is not lacking,

But uhe who restrains his lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;

The heart of the wicked is worth little.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many,

But fools die for lack of 5wisdom.

22 vThe blessing of the Lord makes one rich,

And He adds no sorrow with it.

23 wTo do evil is like sport to a fool,

But a man of understanding has wisdom.

24 xThe fear of the wicked will come upon him,

And ythe desire of the righteous will be granted.

25 When the whirlwind passes by, zthe wicked is no more,

But athe righteous has an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,

So is the lazy man to those who send him.

27 bThe fear of the Lord prolongs days,

But cthe years of the wicked will be shortened.

28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness,

But the dexpectation of the wicked will perish.

29 The way of the Lord is strength for the upright,

But edestruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

30 fThe righteous will never be removed,

But the wicked will not inhabit the 6earth.

31 gThe mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,

But the perverse tongue will be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,

But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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