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Proverbs 10:1-12 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Wise Sayings of Solomon

10 The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise son makes a glad father,
    but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
    but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
A slack hand causes poverty,
    but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
A son who gathers in summer is prudent,
    but a son who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
    but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise of heart will heed commandments,
    but a prating fool will come to ruin.
He who walks in integrity walks securely,
    but he who perverts his ways will be found out.
10 He who winks the eye causes trouble,
    but he who boldly reproves makes peace.[a]
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
    but love covers all offenses.


  1. Proverbs 10:10 Gk: Heb but a prating fool will come to ruin
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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