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Proverbs 10

The Proverbs of Solomon

1These are the proverbs of Solomon.

A wise son makes his father glad.
    But a foolish son brings sorrow to his mother.

Riches that are gained by sinning aren’t worth anything.
    But doing what is right saves you from death.

The Lord gives those who do right the food they need.
    But he lets those who do wrong go hungry.

Hands that don’t want to work make you poor.
    But hands that work hard bring wealth to you.

A child who gathers crops in summer is wise.
    But a child who sleeps at harvest time brings shame.

Blessings are like crowns on the heads of those who do right.
    But the trouble caused by what sinners say destroys them.

The names of those who do right are used in blessings.
    But the names of those who do wrong will rot.

A wise heart accepts commands.
    But foolish chattering destroys you.

Anyone who lives without blame walks safely.
    But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.

10 An evil wink gets you into trouble.
    And foolish chattering destroys you.

11 The mouths of those who do right pour out life like a fountain.
    But the mouths of sinners hide their evil plans.

12 Hate stirs up fights.
    But love erases all sins by forgiving them.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of those who understand what is right.
    But those who have no sense are punished.

14 Wise people store up knowledge.
    But the mouths of foolish people destroy them.

15 The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe.
    But having nothing destroys those who are poor.

16 People who do what is right earn life.
    But sinners earn sin and death.

17 Anyone who pays attention to correction
    shows the path to life.
But anyone who refuses to be corrected
    leads others down the wrong path.

18 Anyone who hides hatred with lying lips
    and spreads lies is foolish.

19 Sin is not ended by using many words.
    But those who are wise control their tongues.

20 The tongues of those who do right are like fine silver.
    But the hearts of those who do wrong aren’t worth very much.

21 The words of those who do right benefit many people.
    But those who are foolish die because they have no sense.

22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth.
    And it comes without painful work.

23 A foolish person finds pleasure in evil plans.
    But a person who has understanding takes delight in wisdom.

24 What sinners are afraid of will catch up with them.
    But those who do right will get what they want.

25 When the storm is over, sinners are gone.
    But those who do right stand firm forever.

26 Those who don’t want to work hurt those who send them.
    They are like vinegar on the teeth or smoke in the eyes.

27 Having respect for the Lord leads to a longer life.
    But the years of evil people are cut short.

28 Those who do right can expect joy.
    But the hopes of sinners are bound to fail.

29 The way of the Lord is a safe place for those without blame.
    But that way destroys those who do evil.

30 Those who do right will never be removed from the land.
    But those who do wrong will not remain in it.

31 The mouths of those who do right produce wisdom.
    But tongues that speak twisted words will be made silent.

32 Those who do right know the proper thing to say.
    But those who do wrong speak only twisted words.

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Proverbs 10

Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked

1The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish [stubborn] son [who refuses to learn] is a grief to his mother.

Treasures of wickedness and ill-gotten gains do not profit,
But righteousness and moral integrity in daily life rescues from death.

The Lord will not allow the [a]righteous to hunger [God will meet all his needs],
But He will reject and cast away the craving of the wicked.

Poor is he who works with a negligent and idle hand,
But the hand of the diligent makes him rich.

He who gathers during summer and takes advantage of his opportunities is a son who acts wisely,
But he who sleeps during harvest and ignores the moment of opportunity is a son who acts shamefully.

Blessings are on the head of the righteous [the upright, those in right standing with God],
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

The [b]memory of the righteous [person] is a [source of] blessing,
But the name of the wicked will [be forgotten and] rot [like a corpse].

The wise in heart [are willing to learn so they] will accept and obey commands (instruction),
But the babbling fool [who is arrogant and thinks himself wise] will come to ruin.

He who walks in integrity and with moral character walks securely,
But he who takes a crooked way will be discovered and punished.
He who [maliciously] winks the eye [of evil intent] causes trouble;
And the babbling fool [who is arrogant and thinks himself wise] will come to ruin.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life and his words of wisdom are a source of blessing,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence and evil.
Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].
On the lips of the discerning, [skillful and godly] wisdom is found,
But discipline and the rod are for the back of the one who is without common sense and understanding.
Wise men store up and treasure knowledge [in mind and heart],
But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
The rich man’s wealth is his fortress;
The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
The wages of the righteous [the upright, those in right standing with God] is [a worthwhile, meaningful] life,
The income of the wicked, punishment.
He who learns from instruction and correction is on the [right] path of life [and for others his example is a path toward wisdom and blessing],
But he who ignores and refuses correction goes off course [and for others his example is a path toward sin and ruin].
He who hides hatred has lying lips,
And he who spreads slander is a fool.
When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable,
But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise.
The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued);
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
The lips of the righteous feed and guide many,
But fools [who reject God and His wisdom] die for lack of understanding.
The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches,
And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God].
Engaging in evil is like sport to the fool [who refuses wisdom and chases sin],
But to a man of understanding [skillful and godly] wisdom brings joy.
What the wicked fears will come upon him,
But the desire of the righteous [for the blessings of God] will be granted.
When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,
But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So is the lazy one to those who send him to work.
The [reverent] fear of the Lord [worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect] prolongs one’s life,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
The hope of the righteous [those of honorable character and integrity] is joy,
But the expectation of the wicked [those who oppose God and ignore His wisdom] comes to nothing.
The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright,
But it is ruin to those who do evil.
The [consistently] righteous will never be shaken,
But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
The lips of the righteous know (speak) what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked knows (speaks) what is perverted (twisted).


  1. Proverbs 10:3 Lit soul of the righteous.
  2. Proverbs 10:7 Lit mention. In Jewish tradition, “memory” is not just a recollection but implies speaking of the one remembered.