Proverbs 10
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1The proverbs of Solomon:+b A wise son makes his father happy, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

2Treasures gained dishonestly profit no one, but righteousness rescues from death.

3The LORD will not allow a righteous person to starve, but he intentionally ignores the desires of a wicked person.

4Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands bring riches.

5Whoever gathers in the summer is a wise son. Whoever sleeps at harvest time brings shame.

6Blessings cover the head of a righteous person, but violence covers the mouths of wicked people.

7The name of a righteous person remains blessed, but the names of wicked people will rot away.

8The one who is truly wise accepts commands, but the one who talks foolishly will be thrown down headfirst.

9Whoever lives honestly will live securely, but whoever lives dishonestly will be found out.

10Whoever winks with his eye causes heartache. The one who talks foolishly will be thrown down headfirst.

11The mouth of a righteous person is a fountain of life, but the mouths of wicked people conceal violence.

12Hate starts quarrels, but love covers every wrong.

13Wisdom is found on the lips of a person who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of one without sense.

14Those who are wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a stubborn fool invites ruin.

15The rich person's wealth is [his] strong city. Poverty ruins the poor.

16A righteous person's reward is life. A wicked person's harvest is sin.

17Whoever practices discipline is on the way to life, but whoever ignores a warning strays.

18Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips. Whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19Sin is unavoidable when there is much talk, but whoever seals his lips is wise.

20The tongue of a righteous person is pure silver. The hearts of wicked people are worthless.

21The lips of a righteous person feed many, but stubborn fools die because they have no sense.

22It is the LORD's blessing that makes a person rich, and hard work adds nothing to it.

23Like the laughter of a fool when he carries out an evil plan, so is wisdom to a person who has understanding.

24That which wicked people dread happens to them, but [the LORD] grants the desire of righteous people.

25When the storm has passed, the wicked person has vanished, but the righteous person has an everlasting foundation.

26Like vinegar to the teeth, like smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy person to those who send him [on a mission].

27The fear of the LORD lengthens [the number of] days, but the years of wicked people are shortened.

28The hope of righteous people [leads to] joy, but the eager waiting of wicked people comes to nothing.

29The way of the LORD is a fortress for an innocent person but a ruin to those who are troublemakers.

30A righteous person will never be moved, but wicked people will not continue to live in the land.

31The mouth of a righteous person increases wisdom, but a devious tongue will be cut off.

32The lips of a righteous person announce good will, but the mouths of wicked people are devious.

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