Proverbs 10

The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs1

10:1 The Proverbs of Solomon:

A wise child2 makes a father rejoice,3

but a foolish child4 is a grief to his mother.5

10:2 Treasures gained by wickedness6 do not profit,

but righteousness7 delivers from mortal danger.8

10:3 The Lord satisfies9 the appetite10 of the righteous,

but he thwarts11 the craving12 of the wicked.

10:4 The one who is lazy13 becomes poor,14

but the one who works diligently15 becomes wealthy.16

10:5 The one who gathers crops17 in the summer is a wise18 son,

but the one who sleeps19 during the harvest

is a son who brings shame to himself.20

10:6 Blessings21 are on the head of the righteous,

but the speech22 of the wicked conceals23 violence.24

10:7 The memory25 of the righteous is a blessing,

but the reputation26 of the wicked will rot.27

10:8 The wise person28 accepts instructions,29

but the one who speaks foolishness30 will come to ruin.31

10:9 The one who conducts himself32 in integrity33 will live34 securely,

but the one who behaves perversely35 will be found out.

10:10 The one who winks36 his37 eye causes38 trouble,

and the one who speaks foolishness39 will come to ruin.

10:11 The teaching40 of the righteous is a fountain of life,41

but the speech42 of the wicked conceals43 violence.44

10:12 Hatred45 stirs up dissension,

but love covers all transgressions.46

10:13 Wisdom is found in the words47 of the discerning person,48

but the one who lacks wisdom49 will be disciplined.50

10:14 Those who are wise51 store up52 knowledge,

but foolish speech53 leads to imminent54 destruction.

10:15 The wealth of a rich person is like55 a fortified city,56

but the poor are brought to ruin57 by58 their poverty.

10:16 The reward59 which the righteous receive60 is life;

the recompense61 which the wicked receive62 is judgment.63

10:17 The one who heeds instruction64 is on the way to65 life,

but the one who rejects66 rebuke goes astray.

10:18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies,67

and the one who spreads68 slander69 is certainly70 a fool.

10:19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable,71

but the one who restrains72 his words73 is wise.

10:20 What the righteous say74 is like75 the best76 silver,

but what the wicked think77 is of little value.78

10:21 The teaching79 of the righteous feeds80 many,

but fools die81 for lack of wisdom.82

10:22 The blessing83 from the Lord84 makes a person rich,85

and he adds no sorrow86 to87 it.

10:23 Carrying out a wicked scheme88 is enjoyable89 to a fool,

and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment.90

10:24 What the wicked fears91 will come on him;

what the righteous desire92 will be granted.93

10:25 When the storm94 passes through, the wicked are swept away,95

but the righteous are an everlasting foundation.96

10:26 Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes,97

so is the sluggard to those98 who send him.

10:27 Fearing the Lord99 prolongs life,100

but the life span101 of the wicked will be shortened.102

10:28 The hope103 of the righteous is joy,

but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled.104

10:29 The way of the Lord105 is like106 a stronghold for the upright,107

but it is destruction108 to evildoers.109

10:30 The righteous will never be moved,

but the wicked will not inhabit the land.110

10:31 The speech111 of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom,112

but the one who speaks perversion113 will be destroyed.114

10:32 The lips of the righteous know115 what is pleasing,116

but the speech117 of the wicked is perverse.

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