Proverbs 10
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1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grieves his mother.
2Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.2Nothing good comes from ill-gotten wealth, but righteousness delivers from death.
3The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.3The LORD won't cause the righteous to hunger, but he will reject what the wicked crave.
4He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.4Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands lead to wealth.
5He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.5Whoever harvests during summer acts wisely, but the son who sleeps during harvest is disgraceful.
6Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.6Blessings come upon the head of the righteous, but the words of the wicked conceal violence.
7The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.7The reputation of the righteous leads to blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.8The wise person accepts commands, but the chattering fool will be brought down.
9He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.9Whoever walks in integrity lives prudently, but whoever perverts his way of life will be exposed.
10He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.10Those who wink their eyes are trouble makers, and the mocking fool will be brought down.
11The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.11What the righteous say is a flowing fountain, but what the wicked say conceals violence.
12Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.12Hatred awakens contention, but love covers all transgressions.
13In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.13Wisdom characterizes the speech of the discerning, but the rod is for the backs of those lacking discernment.
14Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.14Those who are wise store up knowledge, but when the fool speaks, destruction is near.
15The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.15The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.
16The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.16Honorable wages lead to life; the salaries of the wicked, to retribution.
17He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.17Whoever heeds correction is on the pathway to life, but someone who ignores exhortation goes astray.
18He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.18Whoever conceals hatred is a deceitful liar, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.19Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.
20The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.20What the righteous person says is like precious silver; the thoughts of the wicked are compared to small things.
21The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.21What the righteous person says nourishes many, but fools die because they lack discerning hearts.
22The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.22The blessing of the LORD establishes wealth, and difficulty does not accompany it.
23It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.23Just as the fool considers wickedness his joy, so is wisdom to the discerning man.
24The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.24What the wicked fears will come about, but the longing of the righteous will be granted.
25As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.25When the storm ends, the wicked vanish, but the righteous person is forever firm.
26As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.26As vinegar is to the mouth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy person to those who send him.
27The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.27Fearing the LORD prolongs life, but the wicked will not live long.
28The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.28What the righteous hope for brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked dies.
29The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.29To the upright, the way of the LORD is a place of safety, but it's a place of ruin to those who practice evil.
30The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.30The righteous will never be overthrown, but the wicked will never inhabit the land.
31The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.31The words of the righteous overflow with wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.
32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.32Righteous lips know what is prudent, but the words of the wicked are perverse.
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