Proverbs 10
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Wise Sayings of Solomon

1The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son makes a glad father,
But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

2Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,
But righteousness delivers from death.
3The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish,
But He casts away the desire of the wicked.

4He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

6Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
7The memory of the righteous is blessed,
But the name of the wicked will rot.

8The wise in heart will receive commands,
But [a]a prating fool will [b]fall.

9He who walks with integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will become known.

10He who winks with the eye causes trouble,
But a prating fool will fall.

11The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

12Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all sins.

13Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
But a rod is for the back of him who [c]is devoid of understanding.

14Wise people store up knowledge,
But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

15The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16The labor of the righteous leads to life,
The wages of the wicked to sin.

17He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,
But he who refuses correction [d]goes astray.

18Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.
20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of [e]wisdom.

22The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.

23To do evil is like sport to a fool,
But a man of understanding has wisdom.
24The fear of the wicked will come upon him,
And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more,
But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

26As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So is the lazy man to those who send him.

27The fear of the Lord prolongs days,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
28The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29The way of the Lord is strength for the upright,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

30The righteous will never be removed,
But the wicked will not inhabit the [f]earth.
31The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut out.
32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.


  1. Proverbs 10:8 Lit. the foolish of lips
  2. Proverbs 10:8 be thrust down or ruined
  3. Proverbs 10:13 Lit. lacks heart
  4. Proverbs 10:17 leads
  5. Proverbs 10:21 Lit. heart
  6. Proverbs 10:30 land
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