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
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
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
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
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.