Proverbs 10
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1The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
2Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.2Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
3The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.3The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
4Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.4He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.5He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
6Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.6Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.7The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.8The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
9Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.9He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.10He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.11The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.12Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
13Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.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.
14The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.14Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.15The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.16The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.17He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
18Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.18He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
19Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.19In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.20The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
21The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.21The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.22The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
23A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.23It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.24The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.25As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.26As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
27The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.27The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.28The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.29The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.30The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.31The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
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