The Proverbs of Solomon

10 (A)The proverbs of Solomon.

(B)A wise son makes a glad father,
    (C)but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
(D)Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
    (E)but righteousness delivers from death.
(F)The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
    (G)but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
A slack hand (H)causes poverty,
    (I)but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who (J)gathers in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps in harvest is (K)a son who brings shame.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
    but (L)the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.[a]
(M)The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
    but (N)the name of the wicked will rot.
(O)The wise of heart will receive commandments,
    but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
(P)Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
    but he who makes his ways crooked (Q)will be found out.
10 Whoever (R)winks the eye causes trouble,
    and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
11 (S)The mouth of the righteous is (T)a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked (U)conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
    but (V)love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
    but (W)a rod is for the back of him who (X)lacks sense.
14 The wise (Y)lay up knowledge,
    but (Z)the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
15 (AA)A rich man's wealth is his strong city;
    the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads (AB)to life,
    the gain of the wicked to sin.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on (AC)the path to life,
    but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
    and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 (AD)When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
    (AE)but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is (AF)choice silver;
    the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
    but fools die for (AG)lack of sense.
22 (AH)The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
    and he adds no sorrow with it.[b]
23 Doing wrong is (AI)like a joke to a fool,
    but (AJ)wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
24 (AK)What the wicked dreads (AL)will come upon him,
    but (AM)the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When (AN)the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
    but (AO)the righteous is established forever.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 (AP)The fear of the Lord prolongs life,
    (AQ)but the years of the wicked will be short.
28 (AR)The hope of the righteous brings joy,
    (AS)but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 (AT)The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
    but destruction to evildoers.
30 (AU)The righteous will never be removed,
    but (AV)the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 (AW)The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
    but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous (AX)know what is acceptable,
    but the mouth of the wicked, (AY)what is perverse.
11 (AZ)A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
    (BA)but a just weight is his delight.
(BB)When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with (BC)the humble is wisdom.
(BD)The integrity of the upright guides them,
    (BE)but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
(BF)Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
    (BG)but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless (BH)keeps his way straight,
    but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
(BI)The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
    but the treacherous (BJ)are taken captive by their lust.
When the wicked dies, his (BK)hope will perish,
    and (BL)the expectation of wealth[c] perishes too.
(BM)The righteous is delivered from trouble,
    and the wicked walks into it instead.
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
    but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10 (BN)When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
    and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
    but (BO)by the mouth of the wicked (BP)it is overthrown.
12 Whoever (BQ)belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
    but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever (BR)goes about slandering reveals secrets,
    but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is (BS)no guidance, a people falls,
    (BT)but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15 (BU)Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm,
    but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure.
16 (BV)A gracious woman gets honor,
    and (BW)violent men get riches.
17 (BX)A man who is kind benefits himself,
    but a cruel man hurts himself.
18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,
    but one who (BY)sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19 Whoever is steadfast in righteousness (BZ)will live,
    but (CA)he who pursues evil will die.
20 Those of (CB)crooked heart are (CC)an abomination to the Lord,
    but those of (CD)blameless ways are (CE)his delight.
21 (CF)Be assured, (CG)an evil person will not go unpunished,
    but (CH)the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
22 Like (CI)a gold ring in a pig's snout
    is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    (CJ)the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24 (CK)One gives (CL)freely, yet grows all the richer;
    another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 (CM)Whoever brings blessing (CN)will be enriched,
    and (CO)one who waters will himself be watered.
26 (CP)The people curse him who holds back grain,
    but (CQ)a blessing is on the head of him who (CR)sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,[d]
    but evil comes to (CS)him who searches for it.
28 Whoever (CT)trusts in his riches will fall,
    but the righteous will (CU)flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever (CV)troubles his own household will (CW)inherit the wind,
    and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is (CX)a tree of life,
    and whoever (CY)captures souls is wise.
31 If (CZ)the righteous is repaid on earth,
    how much more the wicked and the sinner!
12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but he who (DA)hates reproof is (DB)stupid.
A good man (DC)obtains favor from the Lord,
    but a man of evil devices he condemns.
No one is established by wickedness,
    but the root of (DD)the righteous will never be moved.
(DE)An excellent wife is (DF)the crown of her husband,
    but she who (DG)brings shame is like (DH)rottenness in his bones.
(DI)The thoughts of the righteous are just;
    the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
The words of the wicked (DJ)lie in wait for blood,
    but (DK)the mouth of the upright delivers them.
(DL)The wicked are (DM)overthrown and are no more,
    (DN)but the house of the righteous will stand.
A man is commended according to his good sense,
    but one of twisted mind is (DO)despised.
Better to be lowly and have a servant
    than to play the great man and lack bread.
10 (DP)Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
    but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 (DQ)Whoever works his land (DR)will have plenty of bread,
    (DS)but he who follows (DT)worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12 Whoever is wicked covets (DU)the spoil of evildoers,
    but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 An evil man is ensnared (DV)by the transgression of his lips,[e]
    (DW)but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth (DX)a man is satisfied with good,
    (DY)and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
15 (DZ)The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    but a wise man listens to advice.
16 (EA)The vexation of a fool is known at once,
    but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 (EB)Whoever speaks[f] the truth gives honest evidence,
    but (EC)a false witness utters deceit.
18 (ED)There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings (EE)healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
    but (EF)a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of (EG)those who devise evil,
    but those who plan peace have joy.
21 (EH)No ill befalls the righteous,
    but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 (EI)Lying lips are (EJ)an abomination to the Lord,
    (EK)but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 (EL)A prudent man conceals knowledge,
    (EM)but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 (EN)The hand of the diligent will rule,
    while the slothful will be (EO)put to forced labor.
25 (EP)Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,[g]
    but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 (EQ)Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
    but the diligent man will get precious wealth.[h]
28 (ER)In the path of righteousness is life,
    and in its pathway there is no death.


  1. Proverbs 10:6 Or but violence covers the mouth of the wicked; also verse 11
  2. Proverbs 10:22 Or and toil adds nothing to it
  3. Proverbs 11:7 Or of his strength, or of iniquity
  4. Proverbs 11:27 Or acceptance
  5. Proverbs 12:13 Or In the transgression of the lips, there is an evil snare
  6. Proverbs 12:17 Hebrew breathes out
  7. Proverbs 12:26 Or The righteous chooses his friends carefully
  8. Proverbs 12:27 Or but diligence is precious wealth

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