Solomon’s Proverbs
1These are the proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son makes his father happy; a foolish one makes his mother sad.
2Wealth gained by doing wrong will not really help you, but doing right will save you from death.
3The Lord takes care of good people and gives them the food they need, but he keeps the wicked from getting what they want.
4Lazy hands will make you poor; hard-working hands will make you rich.
5A son who works hard while it is harvest time will be successful, but one who sleeps through the harvest is worthless.
6People say good things about those who live right, but the words of the wicked only hide their violent plans.
7Good people leave memories that bless us, but the wicked are soon forgotten.
8The wise accept instruction, but fools argue and bring trouble on themselves.
9Honest people can always feel secure, but lying cheaters will be caught.
10If you fail to speak the truth, trouble will follow. If you speak openly, peace will come.#10:10 If you … come This is from the ancient Greek version. The Hebrew text repeats the second half of verse 8.
11The words of good people are like a spring of fresh water,#10:11 spring of fresh water Or “the source of life.” but the words of the wicked only hide their violent plans.
12Hatred causes arguments, but love overlooks all wrongs.
13Intelligent people speak words of wisdom, but fools must be punished before they learn their lesson.#10:13 Literally, “Wisdom can be found on the lips of the intelligent, but a rod on the back of fools.” This is a wordplay. In Hebrew, “lip” sounds like “rod.”
14Wise people are quiet and learn new things, but fools talk and bring trouble on themselves.
15Wealth protects the rich, but poverty destroys the poor.
16What good people do brings life, but wicked people produce only sin.
17Those who accept correction show others how to live. Those who reject correction lead others the wrong way.
18People sometimes lie to hide their hatred, but saying bad things about someone is even more foolish.
19A person who talks too much gets into trouble. A wise person learns to be quiet.
20Words from good people are like pure silver, but thoughts from the wicked are worthless.
21Good people say things that help others, but the wicked die from a lack of understanding.
22It is the Lord’S blessing that brings wealth, and no hard work can add to it.#10:22 Or “A blessing from the Lord will bring you true wealth—wealth without troubles.”
23Fools enjoy doing wrong, but the wise enjoy wisdom.
24The wicked will be defeated by what they fear, but good people will get what they want.
25The wicked are destroyed when trouble comes, but good people stand strong forever.
26Sending a lazy person to do anything is as irritating as vinegar on your teeth or smoke in your eyes.
27Respect for the Lord will add years to your life, but the wicked will have their lives cut short.
28What good people hope for brings happiness,#10:28 good people … happiness Or “Good people can look forward to happiness.” but what the wicked hope for brings destruction.
29The Lord protects those who do right, but he destroys those who do wrong.
30Good people will always be safe, but the wicked will be forced out of the land.
31Those who live right say wise things, but people stop listening to troublemakers.#10:31 Or “The mouth of a good man speaks wisdom, but the tongue of a troublemaker will be cut off.”
32Good people know the right things to say, but the wicked say things to make trouble.
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