New International Reader's Version

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.

New International Version

Proverbs 10

Proverbs of Solomon

1The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son brings joy to his father,
    but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
    but righteousness delivers from death.

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
    but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
    but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.[a]

The name of the righteous is used in blessings,[b]
    but the name of the wicked will rot.

The wise in heart accept commands,
    but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
    but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
    and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
    but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

14 The wise store up knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
    but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

16 The wages of the righteous is life,
    but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
    but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
    and spreads slander is a fool.

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
    but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
    but fools die for lack of sense.

22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
    without painful toil for it.

23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
    but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
    what the righteous desire will be granted.

25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
    but the righteous stand firm forever.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so are sluggards to those who send them.

27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
    but the years of the wicked are cut short.

28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
    but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
    but the wicked will not remain in the land.

31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
    but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
    but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.


  1. Proverbs 10:6 Or righteous, / but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence
  2. Proverbs 10:7 See Gen. 48:20.