Proverbs 10:8
8The wise of heart will receive commands,
         But a babbling fool will be ruined.

9He who walks in integrity walks securely,
         But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

10He who winks the eye causes trouble,
         And a babbling fool will be ruined.

11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
         But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12Hatred stirs up strife,
         But love covers all transgressions.

13On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
         But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

14Wise men store up knowledge,
         But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

15The rich man’s wealth is his fortress,
         The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

16The wages of the righteous is life,
         The income of the wicked, punishment.

17He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
         But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

18He who conceals hatred has lying lips,
         And he who spreads slander is a fool.

19When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
         But he who restrains his lips is wise.

20The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,
         The heart of the wicked is worth little.

21The lips of the righteous feed many,
         But fools die for lack of understanding.

22It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich,
         And He adds no sorrow to it.

23Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,
         And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

24What the wicked fears will come upon him,
         But the desire of the righteous will be granted.

25When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,
         But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

26Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
         So is the lazy one to those who send him.

27The fear of the LORD prolongs life,
         But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

28The hope of the righteous is gladness,
         But the expectation of the wicked perishes.

29The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright,
         But ruin to the workers of iniquity.

30The righteous will never be shaken,
         But the wicked will not dwell in the land.

31The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,
         But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

32The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,
         But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
The wise in heart will receive commandments; But a prating fool shall fall.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wise of heart receiveth precepts: a fool is beaten with lips.

Darby Bible Translation
The wise in heart receiveth commandments; but a prating fool shall fall.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

World English Bible
The wise in heart accept commandments, but a chattering fool will fall.

Young's Literal Translation
The wise in heart accepteth commands, And a talkative fool kicketh.
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