10 Proverbs of Solʹo·mon.+
A wise son makes his father rejoice,+
But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
2 The treasures gained by wickedness will be of no benefit,
But righteousness is what rescues from death.+
3 Jehovah will not cause the righteous one* to go hungry,+
But he will deny the wicked what they crave.
4 Idle hands will cause poverty,+
But diligent hands bring riches.+
5 The son acting with insight gathers the crop in summer,
But the son acting shamefully is fast asleep during the harvest.+
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous one,+
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory* of the righteous one is due for a blessing,+
But the name of the wicked will rot.+
8 The wisehearted person will accept instructions,*+
But the one speaking foolishly will be trodden down.+
9 The one walking in integrity will walk in security,+
But the one making his ways crooked will be found out.+
10 The one who slyly winks his eye causes grief,+
And the one who speaks foolishly will be trodden down.+
11 The mouth of the righteous one is a source of life,+
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.+
12 Hatred is what stirs up contentions,
But love covers over all transgressions.+
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning person,+
But the rod is for the back of one lacking good sense.*+
14 Those who are wise treasure up knowledge,+
But the mouth of the fool invites ruin.+
15 The wealth* of a rich man is his fortified city.
The ruin of the poor is their poverty.+
16 The activity of the righteous one leads to life;
But the produce of the wicked one leads to sin.+
17 The one who heeds discipline is a path to life,*
But the one who ignores reproof leads others astray.
18 The one who conceals his hatred speaks lies,+
And the one spreading malicious reports* is stupid.
19 When words are many, transgression cannot be avoided,+
But whoever controls his lips acts discreetly.+
20 The tongue of the righteous one is like the finest silver,+
But the heart of the wicked one is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous one nourish* many,+
But the foolish die for lack of sense.+
22 It is the blessing of Jehovah that makes one rich,+
And He adds no pain* with it.
23 Engaging in shameful conduct is like a game to the stupid one,
But wisdom is for the man of discernment.+
24 What the wicked one fears will come upon him;
But the desire of the righteous will be granted.+
25 When the storm passes by, the wicked one will be no more,+
But the righteous one is a foundation forever.+
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So the lazy person is to the one who sends him.*
27 The fear of Jehovah prolongs life,+
But the years of the wicked will be cut short.+
28 The expectation* of the righteous brings joy,+
But the hope of the wicked will perish.+
29 The way of Jehovah is a stronghold for the blameless one,+
But it means ruin for evildoers.+
30 The righteous one will never be made to fall,+
But the wicked will no longer inhabit the earth.+
31 The mouth of the righteous one produces* wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous one know what is pleasing,
But the mouth of the wicked is perverse.