Proverbs 10
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1The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grieves his mother.
2Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life.2Nothing good comes from ill-gotten wealth, but righteousness delivers from death.
3The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.3The LORD won't cause the righteous to hunger, but he will reject what the wicked crave.
4Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.4Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands lead to wealth.
5A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.5Whoever harvests during summer acts wisely, but the son who sleeps during harvest is disgraceful.
6The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.6Blessings come upon the head of the righteous, but the words of the wicked conceal violence.
7We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away.7The reputation of the righteous leads to blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.8The wise person accepts commands, but the chattering fool will be brought down.
9People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.9Whoever walks in integrity lives prudently, but whoever perverts his way of life will be exposed.
10People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.10Those who wink their eyes are trouble makers, and the mocking fool will be brought down.
11The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.11What the righteous say is a flowing fountain, but what the wicked say conceals violence.
12Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.12Hatred awakens contention, but love covers all transgressions.
13Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.13Wisdom characterizes the speech of the discerning, but the rod is for the backs of those lacking discernment.
14Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.14Those who are wise store up knowledge, but when the fool speaks, destruction is near.
15The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.15The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.
16The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.16Honorable wages lead to life; the salaries of the wicked, to retribution.
17People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.17Whoever heeds correction is on the pathway to life, but someone who ignores exhortation goes astray.
18Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.18Whoever conceals hatred is a deceitful liar, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.19Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.
20The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.20What the righteous person says is like precious silver; the thoughts of the wicked are compared to small things.
21The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.21What the righteous person says nourishes many, but fools die because they lack discerning hearts.
22The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.22The blessing of the LORD establishes wealth, and difficulty does not accompany it.
23Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.23Just as the fool considers wickedness his joy, so is wisdom to the discerning man.
24The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted.24What the wicked fears will come about, but the longing of the righteous will be granted.
25When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.25When the storm ends, the wicked vanish, but the righteous person is forever firm.
26Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.26As vinegar is to the mouth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy person to those who send him.
27Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.27Fearing the LORD prolongs life, but the wicked will not live long.
28The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.28What the righteous hope for brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked dies.
29The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.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 godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land.30The righteous will never be overthrown, but the wicked will never inhabit the land.
31The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.31The words of the righteous overflow with wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.
32The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.32Righteous lips know what is prudent, but the words of the wicked are perverse.
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