Old Testament

Proverbs 10
101The proverbs of Solomon.
Introduction to Wisdom and Righteousness
A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
2Treasures gained by wickedness produce no profit,
but righteousness saves from death.
3The Lord will not allow the righteous to starve,
but he frustrates the greed of the wicked.
4Lazy hands produce poverty,
but hardworking hands bring riches.
5Whoever gathers crops in summer is a sensible[] son.
Whoever sleeps at harvest time is a disgraceful son.
Wise Words and Wise Ways
6Blessings crown the head of a righteous person,
but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.[]
7To remember a righteous person is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
8A wise heart accepts commands,
but a babbling fool will be ruined.
9Whoever walks with integrity walks safely,
but whoever follows crooked ways will be found out.
10Whoever winks at evil causes trouble,
and a babbling fool will be ruined.
11The mouth of a righteous person is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked[] conceals violence.
12Hatred stirs up a quarrel,
but love covers over all sins.
13Wisdom is found on the lips of a discerning person,
but a rod is appropriate for the back of one who lacks sense.
14Wise people store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a stubborn fool brings ruin.
15A rich person's wealth is his strong city.
Poverty is the ruin of poor people.
16The work of a righteous person leads to life.
The income of a wicked person leads to sin.
17Whoever practices discipline is on the path to life,
but whoever rejects a warning goes astray.
18Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever spreads gossip is a fool.
19When there are many words, sin never stops,[]
but a person who restrains his lips acts wisely.
20The tongue of a righteous person is fine silver.
The heart of a wicked person has little value.
21The lips of a righteous person shepherd many,
but stubborn fools die for lack of sense.
22The blessing of the Lord makes a person wealthy,
and he adds no sorrow to it.[]
23Carrying out a wicked scheme is a game for the fool,
but wisdom gives pleasure to a person with understanding.
Contrasts Between the Righteous and the Wicked
24What the wicked person dreads will come upon him,
but the Lord will grant what the righteous desire.
25When the storm has passed, the wicked person is no more,
but the righteous person has an everlasting foundation.
26Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes,
so is a lazy person to those who send him.
27The fear of the Lord will add days to a person's life,
but the years of wicked people will be cut short.
28The confident hope of the righteous is joy,
but the ambitions of the wicked will perish.
29The way of the Lord is a fortress for a person who has integrity,
but it brings destruction for evildoers.
30A righteous person will never be toppled,[]
but wicked people will not dwell on earth.
31The mouth of a righteous person produces the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be cut off.
32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,[]
but the mouth of the wicked produces depraved words.


  • 10:5 Or far-sighted
  • 10:6 Or the mouth of the wicked conceals violence
  • 10:11 Or the mouth of the wicked conceals violence
  • 10:19 Or cannot be avoided
  • 10:22 Or hard work adds nothing to it or worry adds nothing to it
  • 10:30 Or knocked off his foundation
  • 10:32 Or know what finds favor