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10 The wisdom of Solomon:[a]

When wisdom comes to a son,
joy comes to a father.
When a son turns from wisdom,
a mother grieves.
Gaining wealth through dishonesty[b] is no gain at all.
But honesty brings you a lasting happiness.[c]
The Lord satisfies the longings of all his lovers,[d]
but he withholds from the wicked what their souls crave.[e]
Slackers will know what it means to be poor,
while the hard worker becomes wealthy.
Know the importance of the season you’re in
and a wise son you will be.
But what a waste when an incompetent son
sleeps through his day of opportunity![f]
The lover of God is enriched beyond belief,
but the evil man only curses his luck.[g]
The reputation of the righteous
becomes a sweet memorial to him,
while the wicked life only leaves a rotten stench.[h]
The heart of the wise will easily accept instruction.
But those who do all the talking
are too busy to listen and learn.
They’ll just keep stumbling ahead
into the mess they created.
The one who walks in integrity[i]
will experience a fearless confidence in life,
but the one who is devious
will eventually be exposed.
10 The troublemaker always has a clever plan
and won’t look you in the eye,
but the one who speaks correction honestly
can be trusted to make peace.[j]
11 The teachings of the lovers of God are like
living truth flowing from the fountain of life,
but the words of the wicked
hide an ulterior motive.[k]
12 Hatred keeps old quarrels alive,[l]
but love draws a veil over every insult[m]
and finds a way to make sin disappear.
13 Words of wisdom flow from the one with true discernment.
But to the heartless, words of wisdom
become like rods beating their backside.
14 Wise men don’t divulge all that they know,[n]
but chattering fools blurt out words
that bring them to the brink of ruin.
15 A rich man’s wealth becomes like a citadel of strength,[o]
but the poverty of the poor leaves their security in shambles.
16 The lovers of God earn their wages for a life of righteousness,
but the wages of the wicked are squandered on a life of sin.[p]
17 If you readily receive correction,
you are walking on the path to life.
But if you reject rebuke,
you’re guaranteed to go astray.[q]
18 The one who hides his hatred while pretending to be your friend
is nothing but a liar.
But the one who slanders you behind your back
proves that he’s a fool, never to be trusted.
19 If you keep talking, it won’t be long
before you’re saying something really wrong.
Prove you’re wise from the very start—
just bite your tongue and be strong!
20 The teachings of the godly ones are like pure silver,
bringing words of redemption to others,[r]
but the heart of the wicked is corrupt.
21 The lovers of God feed many with their teachings,[s]
but the foolish ones starve themselves
for lack of an understanding heart.
22 True enrichment comes from the blessing of the Lord,
with rest and contentment[t] in knowing
that it all comes from him.
23 The fool finds his fun in doing wrong,[u]
but the wise delight in having discernment.
24 The lawless are haunted by their fears
and what they dread will come upon them,[v]
but the longings of the lovers of God will all be fulfilled.
25 The wicked are blown away by every stormy wind.
But when a catastrophe comes,
the lovers of God have a secure anchor.
26 To trust a lazy person to get a job done
will be as irritating as smoke in your eyes—
as enjoyable as a toothache!
27 Living in the worship and awe of God
will bring you many years of contented living.
So how could the wicked ever expect to have a long, happy life?
28 Lovers of God have a joyful feast of gladness,
but the ungodly see their hopes vanish right before their eyes.
29 The beautiful ways of God are a safe resting place[w]
for those who have integrity.
But to those who work wickedness
the ways of God spell doom.
30 God’s lover can never be greatly shaken.
But the wicked will never inherit
the covenant blessings.[x]
31 The teachings of the righteous are loaded with wisdom,
but the words of the evil are crooked and perverse.
32 Words that bring delight pour from the lips of the godly,
but the words of the wicked are duplicitous.


  1. Proverbs 10:1 The title of this section starting with Prov. 10 indicates a different form. Solomon’s four hundred sayings of wisdom fill this section, going through 22:16. This compilation is an assorted collection of proverbs that is not easily outlined but is profound in its scope.
  2. Proverbs 10:2 Or “the treasures of wickedness.”
  3. Proverbs 10:2 Or “Righteousness [honesty] delivers you from death.”
  4. Proverbs 10:3 Or “satisfies the souls of the righteous.”
  5. Proverbs 10:3 The Aramaic is “The property of the evil he demolishes.”
  6. Proverbs 10:5 Or “To gather in the summer is to be a wise son, but to sleep through the harvest is a disgrace.”
  7. Proverbs 10:6 The Hebrew is ambiguous and is literally translated “The mouth of the wicked covers violence.”
  8. Proverbs 10:7 Some Hebrew manuscripts and the Aramaic read “The name of the wicked will be extinguished.”
  9. Proverbs 10:9 Or “innocence.” The Aramaic is “He who walks in perfection walks in hope.”
  10. Proverbs 10:10 As translated from the Septuagint. The Hebrew is “The babbling fool comes to ruin.”
  11. Proverbs 10:11 Or “hide violence.”
  12. Proverbs 10:12 The Aramaic is “Hatred stirs up judgment.”
  13. Proverbs 10:12 Love will cover up offenses against us, but never our own offenses.
  14. Proverbs 10:14 Or “Those who are wise store up knowledge (like treasure).”
  15. Proverbs 10:15 Or “his fortified city.”
  16. Proverbs 10:16 Or “their harvest of wickedness.”
  17. Proverbs 10:17 The Aramaic is even more blunt: “Reject rebuke and you’re a moron!”
  18. Proverbs 10:20 Or “The tongue of the just is like choice silver.” Silver is a metaphor for redemption.
  19. Proverbs 10:21 The Aramaic is “The lips of the righteous multiply mercy.”
  20. Proverbs 10:22 Or “with no labor or sorrow attached.”
  21. Proverbs 10:23 The word translated “fool” means “moron” in the Aramaic.
  22. Proverbs 10:24 This speaks of the consequences of sin. There is a judge who sees all that we do and will call us to account one day.
  23. Proverbs 10:29 The Aramaic is “The way of Jehovah is power to the perfect.”
  24. Proverbs 10:30 Or “land.” This is metaphor for all of the covenantal blessings.