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