Proverbs 10
New American Bible Revised Edition

III. First Solomonic Collection of Sayings*

1The Proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son gives his father joy,

but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.* a

2Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing,

but justice saves from death.* b

3The Lord does not let the just go hungry,

but the craving of the wicked he thwarts.*

4The slack hand impoverishes,

but the busy hand brings riches.c

5A son who gathers in summer is a credit;

a son who slumbers during harvest, a disgrace.

6Blessings are for the head of the just;

but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.*

7The memory of the just serves as blessing,

but the name of the wicked will rot.*

8A wise heart accepts commands,

but a babbling fool will be overthrown.*

9Whoever walks honestly walks securely,

but one whose ways are crooked will fare badly.

10One who winks at a fault causes trouble,

but one who frankly reproves promotes peace.

11The mouth of the just is a fountain of life,

but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12Hatred stirs up disputes,

d but love covers all offenses.*

13On the lips of the intelligent is found wisdom,

but a rod for the back of one without sense.*

14The wise store up knowledge,

but the mouth of a fool is imminent ruin.

15The wealth of the rich is their strong city;

the ruin of the poor is their poverty.*

16The labor of the just leads to life,

the gains of the wicked, to futility.* e

17Whoever follows instruction is in the path to life,

but whoever disregards reproof goes astray.f

18Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips,

and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19Where words are many, sin is not wanting;

but those who restrain their lips do well.g

20Choice silver is the tongue of the just;

the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

21The lips of the just nourish many,

but fools die for want of sense.*

22It is the Lord’s blessing that brings wealth,h

and no effort can substitute for it.*

23Crime is the entertainment of the fool;

but wisdom is for the person of understanding.

24What the wicked fear will befall them,

but the desire of the just will be granted.

25When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more;

but the just are established forever.

26As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes,

are sluggards to those who send them.

27Fear of the Lord prolongs life,

but the years of the wicked are cut short.i

28The hope of the just brings joy,

but the expectation of the wicked perishes.*

29The Lord is a stronghold to those who walk honestly,

downfall for evildoers.

30The just will never be disturbed,

but the wicked will not abide in the land.

31The mouth of the just yields wisdom,

but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

32The lips of the just know favor,

but the mouth of the wicked, perversion.*

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