Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked

10 The (A)proverbs of Solomon.

(B)A wise son makes a father glad,
But (C)a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
[a](D)Ill-gotten gains do not profit,
But righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord (E)will not allow the [b]righteous to hunger,
But He (F)will [c]reject the craving of the wicked.
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
But the (G)hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,
But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
(H)Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
But (I)the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The (J)memory of the righteous is blessed,
But (K)the name of the wicked will rot.
The (L)wise of heart will receive commands,
But [d]a babbling fool will be [e]ruined.
He (M)who walks in integrity walks securely,
But (N)he who perverts his ways will be found out.
10 He (O)who winks the eye causes trouble,
And [f](P)a babbling fool will be [g]ruined.
11 The (Q)mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But (R)the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
But (S)love covers all transgressions.
13 On (T)the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
But (U)a rod is for the back of him who lacks [h]understanding.
14 Wise men (V)store up knowledge,
But with (W)the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
15 The (X)rich man’s wealth is his [i]fortress,
The (Y)ruin of the poor is their poverty.
16 The [j](Z)wages of the righteous is life,
The income of the wicked, punishment.
17 He (AA)is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
18 He (AB)who conceals hatred has lying lips,
And he who spreads slander is a fool.
19 When there are (AC)many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But (AD)he who restrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is as (AE)choice silver,
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The (AF)lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools (AG)die for lack of [k]understanding.
22 It is the (AH)blessing of the Lord that makes rich,
And He adds no sorrow to it.
23 Doing wickedness is like (AI)sport to a fool,
And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
24 What (AJ)the wicked fears will come upon him,
But the (AK)desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the (AL)whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,
But the (AM)righteous has an everlasting foundation.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So is the (AN)lazy one to those who send him.
27 The (AO)fear of the Lord prolongs [l]life,
But the (AP)years of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The (AQ)hope of the righteous is gladness,
But the (AR)expectation of the wicked perishes.
29 The (AS)way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright,
But (AT)ruin to the workers of iniquity.
30 The (AU)righteous will never be shaken,
But (AV)the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 The (AW)mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,
But the (AX)perverted tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous bring forth (AY)what is acceptable,
But the (AZ)mouth of the wicked what is perverted.


  1. Proverbs 10:2 Lit Treasures of wickedness
  2. Proverbs 10:3 Lit soul of the righteous
  3. Proverbs 10:3 Lit thrust away
  4. Proverbs 10:8 Lit the foolish of lips
  5. Proverbs 10:8 Lit thrust down
  6. Proverbs 10:10 Lit the foolish of lips
  7. Proverbs 10:10 Lit thrust down
  8. Proverbs 10:13 Lit heart
  9. Proverbs 10:15 Lit strong city
  10. Proverbs 10:16 Or work
  11. Proverbs 10:21 Lit heart
  12. Proverbs 10:27 Lit days