Bible: Prov 10-15

The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs 1 

10:1 The Proverbs of Solomon:

A wise child 2  makes a father rejoice, 3 

but a foolish child 4  is a grief to his mother. 5 

10:2 Treasures gained by wickedness 6  do not profit,

but righteousness 7  delivers from mortal danger. 8 

10:3 The Lord satisfies 9  the appetite 10  of the righteous,

but he thwarts 11  the craving 12  of the wicked.

10:4 The one who is lazy 13  becomes poor, 14 

but the one who works diligently 15  becomes wealthy. 16 

10:5 The one who gathers crops 17  in the summer is a wise 18  son,

but the one who sleeps 19  during the harvest

is a son who brings shame to himself. 20 

10:6 Blessings 21  are on the head of the righteous,

but the speech 22  of the wicked conceals 23  violence. 24 

10:7 The memory 25  of the righteous is a blessing,

but the reputation 26  of the wicked will rot. 27 

10:8 The wise person 28  accepts instructions, 29 

but the one who speaks foolishness 30  will come to ruin. 31 

10:9 The one who conducts himself 32  in integrity 33  will live 34  securely,

but the one who behaves perversely 35  will be found out.

10:10 The one who winks 36  his 37  eye causes 38  trouble,

and the one who speaks foolishness 39  will come to ruin.

10:11 The teaching 40  of the righteous is a fountain of life, 41 

but the speech 42  of the wicked conceals 43  violence. 44 

10:12 Hatred 45  stirs up dissension,

but love covers all transgressions. 46 

10:13 Wisdom is found in the words 47  of the discerning person, 48 

but the one who lacks wisdom 49  will be disciplined. 50 

10:14 Those who are wise 51  store up 52  knowledge,

but foolish speech 53  leads to imminent 54  destruction.

10:15 The wealth of a rich person is like 55  a fortified city, 56 

but the poor are brought to ruin 57  by 58  their poverty.

10:16 The reward 59  which the righteous receive 60  is life;

the recompense 61  which the wicked receive 62  is judgment. 63 

10:17 The one who heeds instruction 64  is on the way to 65  life,

but the one who rejects 66  rebuke goes astray.

10:18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies, 67 

and the one who spreads 68  slander 69  is certainly 70  a fool.

10:19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable, 71 

but the one who restrains 72  his words 73  is wise.

10:20 What the righteous say 74  is like 75  the best 76  silver,

but what the wicked think 77  is of little value. 78 

10:21 The teaching 79  of the righteous feeds 80  many,

but fools die 81  for lack of wisdom. 82 

10:22 The blessing 83  from the Lord 84  makes a person rich, 85 

and he adds no sorrow 86  to 87  it.

10:23 Carrying out a wicked scheme 88  is enjoyable 89  to a fool,

and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment. 90 

10:24 What the wicked fears 91  will come on him;

what the righteous desire 92  will be granted. 93 

10:25 When the storm 94  passes through, the wicked are swept away, 95 

but the righteous are an everlasting foundation. 96 

10:26 Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes, 97 

so is the sluggard to those 98  who send him.

10:27 Fearing the Lord 99  prolongs life, 100 

but the life span 101  of the wicked will be shortened. 102 

10:28 The hope 103  of the righteous is joy,

but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled. 104 

10:29 The way of the Lord 105  is like 106  a stronghold for the upright, 107 

but it is destruction 108  to evildoers. 109 

10:30 The righteous will never be moved,

but the wicked will not inhabit the land. 110 

10:31 The speech 111  of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, 112 

but the one who speaks perversion 113  will be destroyed. 114 

10:32 The lips of the righteous know 115  what is pleasing, 116 

but the speech 117  of the wicked is perverse.

11:1 The Lord abhors 118  dishonest scales, 119 

but an accurate weight 120  is his delight.

11:2 When pride 121  comes, 122  then comes disgrace, 123 

but with humility 124  comes 125  wisdom.

11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, 126 

but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them. 127 

11:4 Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath, 128 

but righteousness delivers from mortal danger. 129 

11:5 The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way, 130 

but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness. 131 

11:6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, 132 

but the faithless will be captured 133  by their own desires. 134 

11:7 When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes, 135 

and the hope of his strength 136  perishes. 137 

11:8 The righteous person is delivered 138  out of trouble,

and the wicked turns up in his stead. 139 

11:9 With his speech 140  the godless person 141  destroys 142  his neighbor,

but by knowledge 143  the righteous will be delivered.

11:10 When the righteous do well, 144  the city rejoices; 145 

when the wicked perish, there is joy.

11:11 A city is exalted by the blessing provided from 146  the upright,

but it is destroyed by the counsel 147  of the wicked. 148 

11:12 The one who denounces 149  his neighbor lacks wisdom, 150 

but the one who has discernment 151  keeps silent. 152 

11:13 The one who goes about slandering others 153  reveals 154  secrets,

but the one who is trustworthy 155  conceals a matter.

11:14 When there is no guidance 156  a nation falls,

but there is success 157  in the abundance of counselors.

11:15 The one who puts up security for a stranger 158  will surely have trouble, 159 

but whoever avoids 160  shaking hands 161  will be secure.

11:16 A generous woman 162  gains honor,

and ruthless men 163  seize wealth. 164 

11:17 A kind person 165  benefits 166  himself, 167 

but a cruel person brings himself trouble. 168 

11:18 The wicked person 169  earns 170  deceitful wages, 171 

but the one who sows 172  righteousness reaps 173  a genuine 174  reward. 175 

11:19 True 176  righteousness leads to 177  life,

but the one who pursues evil pursues it 178  to his own death. 179 

11:20 The Lord abhors 180  those who are perverse in heart, 181 

but those who are blameless in their ways 182  are his delight. 183 

11:21 Be assured that 184  the evil person will certainly be punished, 185 

but the descendants of the righteous 186  will not suffer unjust judgment. 187 

11:22 Like a gold ring 188  in a pig’s snout 189 

is 190  a beautiful woman who rejects 191  discretion. 192 

11:23 What the righteous desire 193  leads 194  only to good,

but what the wicked hope for 195  leads 196  to wrath.

11:24 One person is generous 197  and yet grows more wealthy, 198 

but another withholds more than he should 199  and comes to poverty. 200 

11:25 A generous person 201  will be enriched, 202 

and the one who provides water 203  for others 204  will himself be satisfied. 205 

11:26 People will curse 206  the one who withholds grain, 207 

but they will praise 208  the one who sells it. 209 

11:27 The one who diligently seeks 210  good seeks favor,

but the one who searches 211  for evil – it will come to him. 212 

11:28 The one who trusts in his riches will fall,

but the righteous 213  will flourish like a green leaf. 214 

11:29 The one who troubles 215  his family 216  will inherit nothing, 217 

and the fool 218  will be a servant to the wise person. 219 

11:30 The fruit of the righteous is like 220  a tree producing life, 221 

and the one who wins souls 222  is wise. 223 

11:31 If the righteous are recompensed on earth, 224 

how much more 225  the wicked sinner! 226 

12:1 The one who loves discipline loves knowledge, 227 

but the one who hates reproof is stupid. 228 

12:2 A good person obtains favor from the Lord,

but the Lord 229  condemns a person with wicked schemes. 230 

12:3 No one 231  can be established 232  through wickedness,

but a righteous root 233  cannot be moved.

12:4 A noble wife 234  is the crown 235  of her husband,

but the wife 236  who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones. 237 

12:5 The plans 238  of the righteous are just;

the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 239 

12:6 The words of the wicked lie in wait 240  to shed innocent blood, 241 

but the words 242  of the upright will deliver them.

12:7 The wicked are overthrown 243  and perish, 244 

but the righteous household 245  will stand.

12:8 A person 246  is praised in accordance with 247  his wisdom,

but the one who has a twisted mind 248  is despised.

12:9 Better is a person of humble standing 249  who nevertheless has a servant, 250 

than one who pretends to be somebody important 251  yet has no food.

12:10 A righteous person cares for 252  the life of his animal,

but even the most compassionate acts 253  of the wicked are cruel.

12:11 The one who works 254  his field will have plenty 255  of food,

but whoever chases daydreams 256  lacks wisdom. 257 

12:12 The wicked person desires a stronghold, 258 

but the righteous root 259  endures. 260 

12:13 The evil person is ensnared 261  by the transgression of his speech, 262 

but the righteous person escapes out of trouble. 263 

12:14 A person will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words, 264 

and the work of his hands 265  will be rendered to 266  him.

12:15 The way of a fool 267  is right 268  in his own opinion, 269 

but the one who listens to advice is wise. 270 

12:16 A fool’s annoyance 271  is known at once, 272 

but the prudent 273  overlooks 274  an insult.

12:17 The faithful witness 275  tells what is right, 276 

but a false witness 277  speaks 278  deceit.

12:18 Speaking recklessly 279  is like the thrusts of a sword,

but the words 280  of the wise bring 281  healing. 282 

12:19 The one who tells the truth 283  will endure forever,

but the one who lies 284  will last only for a moment. 285 

12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, 286 

but those who promote peace 287  have joy.

12:21 The righteous do not encounter 288  any harm, 289 

but the wicked are filled with calamity. 290 

12:22 The Lord 291  abhors a person who lies, 292 

but those who deal truthfully 293  are his delight. 294 

12:23 The shrewd person 295  conceals 296  knowledge,

but foolish people 297  publicize folly. 298 

12:24 The diligent 299  person 300  will rule,

but the slothful 301  will become a slave. 302 

12:25 Anxiety 303  in a person’s heart 304  weighs him down, 305 

but an encouraging 306  word brings him joy. 307 

12:26 The righteous person is cautious in his friendship, 308 

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

12:27 The lazy person does not roast 309  his prey,

but personal possessions 310  are precious to the diligent.

12:28 In the path of righteousness there is life,

but another path leads to death. 311 

13:1 A wise son accepts 312  his father’s discipline, 313 

but a scoffer 314  does not listen to rebuke.

13:2 From the fruit of his speech 315  a person eats good things, 316 

but the faithless 317  desire 318  the fruit of violence. 319 

13:3 The one who guards his words 320  guards his life,

but 321  whoever is talkative 322  will come to ruin. 323 

13:4 The appetite 324  of the sluggard 325  craves 326  but gets nothing,

but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied. 327 

13:5 The righteous person hates anything false, 328 

but the wicked person acts in shameful disgrace. 329 

13:6 Righteousness 330  guards the one who lives with integrity, 331 

but wickedness 332  overthrows the sinner.

13:7 There is one who pretends to be rich 333  and yet has nothing;

another pretends to be poor 334  and yet possesses great wealth. 335 

13:8 The ransom 336  of a person’s 337  life is his wealth,

but the poor person hears no threat. 338 

13:9 The light 339  of the righteous shines brightly, 340 

but the lamp 341  of the wicked goes out. 342 

13:10 With pride 343  comes only 344  contention,

but wisdom is with the well-advised. 345 

13:11 Wealth gained quickly 346  will dwindle away, 347 

but the one who gathers it little by little 348  will become rich. 349 

13:12 Hope 350  deferred 351  makes the heart sick, 352 

but a longing fulfilled 353  is like 354  a tree of life.

13:13 The one who despises instruction 355  will pay the penalty, 356 

but whoever esteems instruction 357  will 358  be rewarded. 359 

13:14 Instruction 360  from the wise 361  is like 362  a life-giving fountain, 363 

to turn 364  a person 365  from deadly snares. 366 

13:15 Keen insight 367  wins 368  favor,

but the conduct 369  of the unfaithful is harsh. 370 

13:16 Every shrewd 371  person acts with knowledge,

but a fool displays 372  his folly.

13:17 An unreliable 373  messenger falls 374  into trouble, 375 

but a faithful envoy 376  brings 377  healing.

13:18 The one who neglects 378  discipline ends up in 379  poverty and shame,

but the one who accepts reproof is honored. 380 

13:19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,

but fools abhor 381  turning away from evil.

13:20 The one who associates 382  with the wise grows wise,

but a companion of fools suffers harm. 383 

13:21 Calamity 384  pursues sinners,

but prosperity rewards the righteous. 385 

13:22 A benevolent 386  person leaves an inheritance 387  for his grandchildren, 388 

but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous. 389 

13:23 There is abundant food in the field 390  of the poor,

but it is swept away by injustice. 391 

13:24 The one who spares his rod 392  hates 393  his child, 394 

but the one who loves his child 395  is diligent 396  in disciplining 397  him.

13:25 The righteous has enough food to satisfy his appetite, 398 

but the belly of the wicked lacks food. 399 

14:1 Every wise woman 400  builds 401  her household, 402 

but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

14:2 The one who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, 403 

but the one who is perverted in his ways 404  despises him.

14:3 In 405  the speech 406  of a fool is a rod for his back, 407 

but the words 408  of the wise protect them.

14:4 Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean,

but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen. 409 

14:5 A truthful witness 410  does not lie,

but a false witness 411  breathes out lies. 412 

14:6 The scorner 413  seeks wisdom but finds none, 414 

but understanding is easy 415  for a discerning person.

14:7 Leave the presence of a foolish person, 416 

or 417  you will not understand 418  wise counsel. 419 

14:8 The wisdom of the shrewd person 420  is to discern 421  his way,

but the folly of fools is deception. 422 

14:9 Fools mock 423  at reparation, 424 

but among the upright there is favor. 425 

14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness, 426 

and with its joy no one else 427  can share. 428 

14:11 The household 429  of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent 430  of the upright will flourish.

14:12 There is a way that seems right to a person, 431 

but its end is the way that leads to death. 432 

14:13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, 433 

and the end 434  of joy may be 435  grief.

14:14 The backslider 436  will be paid back 437  from his own ways,

but a good person will be rewarded 438  for his.

14:15 A naive person 439  believes everything,

but the shrewd person discerns his steps. 440 

14:16 A wise person is cautious 441  and turns from evil,

but a fool throws off restraint 442  and is overconfident. 443 

14:17 A person who has a quick temper 444  does foolish things,

and a person with crafty schemes 445  is hated. 446 

14:18 The naive inherit 447  folly,

but the shrewd 448  are crowned 449  with knowledge.

14:19 Those who are evil will bow 450  before those who are good,

and the wicked will bow 451  at the gates 452  of the righteous.

14:20 A poor person is disliked 453  even by his neighbors,

but those who love the rich are many.

14:21 The one who despises his neighbor sins,

but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.

14:22 Do not those who devise 454  evil go astray?

But those who plan good exhibit 455  faithful covenant love. 456 

14:23 In all hard work 457  there is profit,

but merely talking about it 458  only brings 459  poverty. 460 

14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches, 461 

but the folly 462  of fools is folly.

14:25 A truthful witness 463  rescues lives, 464 

but the one who breathes lies brings 465  deception. 466 

14:26 In the fear of the Lord one has 467  strong confidence, 468 

and it will be a refuge 469  for his children.

14:27 The fear of the Lord 470  is like 471  a life-giving fountain, 472 

to turn 473  people 474  from deadly snares. 475 

14:28 A king’s glory is 476  the abundance of people,

but the lack of subjects 477  is the ruin 478  of a ruler.

14:29 The one who is slow to anger has great understanding,

but the one who has a quick temper 479  exalts 480  folly.

14:30 A tranquil spirit 481  revives the body, 482 

but envy 483  is rottenness to the bones. 484 

14:31 The one who oppresses 485  the poor insults 486  his Creator,

but whoever shows favor 487  to the needy honors him.

14:32 The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble, 488 

but the righteous have refuge 489  even in the threat of death. 490 

14:33 Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning;

it is known 491  even in the heart 492  of fools.

14:34 Righteousness exalts 493  a nation,

but sin is a disgrace 494  to any people.

14:35 The king shows favor 495  to a wise 496  servant,

but his wrath falls 497  on one who acts shamefully.

15:1 A gentle response 498  turns away anger,

but a harsh word 499  stirs up wrath. 500 

15:2 The tongue of the wise 501  treats knowledge correctly, 502 

but the mouth of the fool spouts out 503  folly.

15:3 The eyes of the Lord 504  are in every place,

keeping watch 505  on those who are evil and those who are good.

15:4 Speech 506  that heals 507  is like 508  a life-giving tree, 509 

but a perverse tongue 510  breaks the spirit.

15:5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline,

but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense. 511 

15:6 In the house 512  of the righteous is abundant wealth, 513 

but the income of the wicked brings trouble. 514 

15:7 The lips of the wise spread 515  knowledge,

but not so the heart of fools. 516 

15:8 The Lord abhors 517  the sacrifices 518  of the wicked, 519 

but the prayer 520  of the upright pleases him. 521 

15:9 The Lord abhors 522  the way of the wicked,

but he loves those 523  who pursue 524  righteousness.

15:10 Severe discipline 525  is for the one who abandons the way;

the one who hates reproof 526  will die.

15:11 Death and Destruction 527  are before the Lord

how much more 528  the hearts of humans! 529 

15:12 The scorner does not love 530  one who corrects him; 531 

he will not go to 532  the wise.

15:13 A joyful heart 533  makes the face cheerful, 534 

but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.

15:14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,

but the mouth of fools feeds on folly. 535 

15:15 All the days 536  of the afflicted 537  are bad, 538 

but one with 539  a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 540 

15:16 Better 541  is little with the fear of the Lord

than great wealth and turmoil 542  with it. 543 

15:17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love 544 

than a fattened ox where there is hatred. 545 

15:18 A quick-tempered person 546  stirs up dissension,

but one who is slow to anger 547  calms 548  a quarrel. 549 

15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, 550 

but the path of the upright is like 551  a highway. 552 

15:20 A wise child 553  brings joy to his father,

but a foolish person 554  despises 555  his mother.

15:21 Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, 556 

but one who has understanding 557  follows an upright course. 558 

15:22 Plans fail 559  when there is no counsel,

but with abundant advisers they are established. 560 

15:23 A person has joy 561  in giving an appropriate answer, 562 

and a word at the right time 563 how good it is!

15:24 The path of life is upward 564  for the wise person, 565 

to 566  keep him from going downward to Sheol. 567 

15:25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud, 568 

but he maintains the boundaries of the widow. 569 

15:26 The Lord abhors 570  the plans 571  of the wicked, 572 

but pleasant words 573  are pure. 574 

15:27 The one who is greedy for gain 575  troubles 576  his household, 577 

but whoever hates bribes 578  will live.

15:28 The heart of the righteous considers 579  how 580  to answer, 581 

but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. 582 

15:29 The Lord is far 583  from the wicked,

but he hears 584  the prayer of the righteous. 585 

15:30 A bright look 586  brings joy to the heart,

and good news gives health to the body. 587 

15:31 The person 588  who hears the reproof that leads to life 589 

is at home 590  among the wise. 591 

15:32 The one who refuses correction despises himself, 592 

but whoever hears 593  reproof acquires understanding. 594 

15:33 The fear of the Lord provides wise instruction, 595 

and before honor comes humility. 596 

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