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Proverbs 10

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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

10:1 The proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son makes a glad father;
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,
but righteousness delivers from death.

10:3 Yahweh will not allow the soul of the righteous to go hungry,
but he thrusts away the desire of the wicked.

10:4 He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand,
but the hand of the diligent brings wealth.

10:5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during the harvest is a son who causes shame.

10:6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

10:7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,
but the name of the wicked will rot.

10:8 The wise in heart accept commandments,
but a chattering fool will fall.

10:9 He who walks blamelessly walks surely,
but he who perverts his ways will be found out.

10:10 One winking with the eye causes sorrow,
but a chattering fool will fall.

10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a spring of life,
but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

10:12 Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all wrongs.

10:13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment,
but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.

10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge,
but the mouth of the foolish is near ruin.

10:15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city.
The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

10:16 The labor of the righteous leads to life.
The increase of the wicked leads to sin.

10:17 He is in the way of life who heeds correction,
but he who forsakes reproof leads others astray.

10:18 He who hides hatred has lying lips.
He who utters a slander is a fool.

10:19 In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience,
but he who restrains his lips does wisely.

10:20 The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver.
The heart of the wicked is of little worth.

10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

10:22 Yahweh’s blessing brings wealth,
and he adds no trouble to it.

10:23 It is a fool’s pleasure to do wickedness,
but wisdom is a man of understanding’s pleasure.

10:24 What the wicked fear, will overtake them,
but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

10:25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more;
but the righteous stand firm forever.

10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.

10:27 The fear of Yahweh prolongs days,
but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

10:28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hope of the wicked will perish.

10:29 The way of Yahweh is a stronghold to the upright,
but it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity.

10:30 The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land.

10:31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

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