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Proverbs 10 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

10 The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise son maketh a glad father:
    but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing:
    but righteousness delivereth from death.

The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish:
    but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand:
    but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:
    but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Blessings are upon the head of the just:
    but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

The memory of the just is blessed:
    but the name of the wicked shall rot.

The wise in heart will receive commandments:
    but a prating fool shall fall.

He that walketh uprightly walketh surely:
    but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow:
    but a prating fool shall fall.

11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life:
    but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirreth up strifes:
    but love covereth all sins.

13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found:
    but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

14 Wise men lay up knowledge:
    but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city:
    the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life:
    the fruit of the wicked to sin.

17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction:
    but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips,
    and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin:
    but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver:
    the heart of the wicked is little worth.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many:
    but fools die for want of wisdom.

22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich,
    and he addeth no sorrow with it.

23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief:
    but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him:
    but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more:
    but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes,
    so is the sluggard to them that send him.

27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days:
    but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness:
    but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

29 The way of the Lord is strength to the upright:
    but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

30 The righteous shall never be removed:
    but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom:
    but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable:
    but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

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Proverbs 10 New International Version (NIV)

Proverbs of Solomon

10 The 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 10:6 Or righteous, / but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence
  2. Proverbs 10:7 See Gen. 48:20.
New International Version (NIV)

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Proverbs 10 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Proverbs of Solomon

10 The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise child[a] brings joy to a father;
    a foolish child brings grief to a mother.

Tainted wealth has no lasting value,
    but right living can save your life.

The Lord will not let the godly go hungry,
    but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.

Lazy people are soon poor;
    hard workers get rich.

A wise youth harvests in the summer,
    but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

The godly are showered with blessings;
    the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

We have happy memories of the godly,
    but the name of a wicked person rots away.

The wise are glad to be instructed,
    but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.

People with integrity walk safely,
    but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble,
    but a bold reproof promotes peace.[b]

11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
    the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

12 Hatred stirs up quarrels,
    but love makes up for all offenses.

13 Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding,
    but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.

14 Wise people treasure knowledge,
    but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress;
    the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,
    but evil people squander their money on sin.

17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life,
    but those who ignore correction will go astray.

18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
    slandering others makes you a fool.

19 Too much talk leads to sin.
    Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver;
    the heart of a fool is worthless.

21 The words of the godly encourage many,
    but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich,
    and he adds no sorrow with it.

23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool,
    but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.

24 The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled;
    the hopes of the godly will be granted.

25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away,
    but the godly have a lasting foundation.

26 Lazy people irritate their employers,
    like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.

27 Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life,
    but the years of the wicked are cut short.

28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness,
    but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.

29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity,
    but it destroys the wicked.

30 The godly will never be disturbed,
    but the wicked will be removed from the land.

31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice,
    but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words,
    but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:1 Hebrew son; also in 10:1b.
  2. 10:10 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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