The Proverbs of Solomon
1These are the proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes his father glad.
But a foolish son brings sorrow to his mother.
2Riches that are gained by sinning aren't worth anything.
But doing what is right saves you from death.
3The Lord gives those who do right the food they need.
But he lets those who do wrong go hungry.
4Hands that don't want to work make you poor.
But hands that work hard bring wealth to you.
5A child who gathers crops in summer is wise.
But a child who sleeps at harvest time brings shame.
6Blessings are like crowns on the heads of those who do right.
But the trouble caused by what sinners say destroys them.
7To remember those who do right is a blessing.
But the names of those who do wrong will rot.
8A wise heart accepts commands.
But foolish chattering destroys you.
9Anyone who lives without blame walks safely.
But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.
10An evil wink gets you into trouble.
And foolish chattering destroys you.
11The mouths of those who do right are a fountain of life.
But the trouble caused by what sinners say destroys them.
12Hate stirs up fights.
But love erases all sins by forgiving them.
13Wisdom is found on the lips of those who understand what is right.
But those who have no sense are punished.
14Wise people store up knowledge.
But the mouths of foolish people destroy them.
15The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe.
But having nothing destroys those who are poor.
16People who do what is right earn life.
But what sinners earn causes them to be punished.
17Anyone who pays attention to his training
is on his way to life.
But anyone who refuses to be corrected
leads others down the wrong path.
18Anyone who hides hatred has lying lips.
And anyone who spreads lies is foolish.
19Those who talk a lot are likely to sin.
But those who control their tongues are wise.
20The tongues of those who do right are like fine silver.
But the hearts of those who do wrong aren't worth very much.
21The words of those who do right benefit many people.
But those who are foolish die because they have no sense.
22The blessing of the Lord brings wealth.
Trouble doesn't come with it.
23A foolish person finds pleasure in doing evil things.
But a man who has understanding takes delight in wisdom.
24What sinners are afraid of will catch up with them.
But those who do right will get what they want.
25When the storm is over, sinners are gone.
But those who do right stand firm forever.
26Anyone who doesn't want to work hurts those who send him.
He is like vinegar on the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
27Having respect for the Lord leads to a longer life.
But the years of evil people are cut short.
28Those who do right can expect joy.
But the hopes of sinners are bound to fail.
29The way of the Lord leads to a safe place for those who do right.
But it destroys those who do evil.
30Those who do right will never be removed from the land.
But those who do wrong will not remain in it.
31The mouths of those who do right produce wisdom.
But tongues that speak twisted words will be cut out.
32Those who do right know the proper thing to say.
But those who do wrong speak only twisted words.
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