The Proverbs of Solomon1 a The proverbs of Solomon. b A wise son makes a glad father,
c but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
2 d Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
e but righteousness delivers from death.
3 f The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
g but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4A slack hand h causes poverty,
i but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5He who j gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is k a son who brings shame.
6Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but l the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 m The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but n the name of the wicked will rot.
8 o The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
9 p Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked q will be found out.
10Whoever r winks the eye causes trouble,
and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
11 s The mouth of the righteous is t a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked u conceals violence.
12Hatred stirs up strife,
but v love covers all offenses.
13On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
but w a rod is for the back of him who x lacks sense.
14The wise y lay up knowledge,
but z the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
15 aa A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16The wage of the righteous leads ab to life,
the gain of the wicked to sin.
17Whoever heeds instruction is on ac the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 ad When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
ae but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20The tongue of the righteous is af choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for ag lack of sense.
22 ah The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it. ▼
▼Or and toil adds nothing to it
23Doing wrong is aj like a joke to a fool,
but ak wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
24 al What the wicked dreads am will come upon him,
but an the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25When ao the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
but ap the righteous is established forever.
26Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 aq The fear of the Lord prolongs life,
ar but the years of the wicked will be short.
28 as The hope of the righteous brings joy,
at but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 au The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.
30 av The righteous will never be removed,
but aw the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 ax The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32The lips of the righteous ay know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked az what is perverse.
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