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Proverbs 10 (Common English Bible)

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Proverbs of Solomon

1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child makes a father glad, but a foolish child brings sorrow to his mother. 2 The treasure of the wicked won't profit them, but righteousness rescues people from death. 3 The LORD doesn't let the righteous starve, but he rejects the desires of the wicked. 4 Laziness brings poverty; hard work makes one rich. 5 A wise son harvests in the summer; a disgraceful son sleeps right through the harvest. 6 Blessings cover the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked rots. 8 The skilled mind accepts commands, but a foolish talker is ruined. 9 Those who walk in innocence walk with confidence, but those on crooked paths will be found out. 10 Those who wink an eye bring trouble; those who speak foolishly are ruined. 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12 Hate stirs up conflict, but love covers all offenses. 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of those who have understanding, but there is a rod for the back of those with no sense. 14 The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings on ruin. 15 The riches of the wealthy are their strong city; the ruin of the poor is their poverty. 16 The wages of the righteous lead to life; the earnings of the wicked lead to sin. 17 Those who heed instruction are on the way to life, but those who ignore correction lose their way. 18 Lying lips conceal hate, and those who spread slander are fools. 19 With lots of words comes wrongdoing, but the wise restrain their lips. 20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked lacks value. 21 The lips of the righteous nourish many people, but fools who lack sense will die. 22 The LORD's blessing makes a person rich, and no trouble is added to it. 23 Fools enjoy vile deeds, but those with understanding take pleasure in wisdom. 24 What the wicked dread will come on them, but what the righteous desire will be given to them. 25 After a whirlwind passes by, the wicked are no more, but the righteous stand firm forever. 26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are lazy people to those who authorize them. 27 The fear of the LORD increases one's life, but the years of the wicked will be cut short. 28 The expectations of the righteous result in joy, but the hopes of the wicked will perish. 29 The path of the LORD is a refuge for the innocent and ruin for those who do evil. 30 The righteous will never be shaken, but the wicked won't dwell in the land. 31 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, but the twisted tongue will be cut off. 32 The lips of the wise know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked knows only what is perverse.
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