Proverbs 10

Solomon’s Wise Sayings

1 Here are some proverbs
   of Solomon:
    Children with good sense
        make their parents happy,
    but foolish children
        make them sad.
2 What you gain by doing evil
        won’t help you at all,
    but being good
        can save you from death.

3 If you obey the Lord,
        you won’t go hungry;
    if you are wicked,
    God won’t let you have
        what you want.
4 Laziness leads to poverty;
        hard work makes you rich.
5 At harvest season
    it’s smart to work hard,
        but stupid to sleep.
6 Everyone praises good people,
    but evil hides behind
        the words of the wicked.
7 Good people are remembered
        long after they are gone,
    but the wicked
        are soon forgotten.

8 If you have good sense,
        you will listen and obey;
    if all you do is talk,
        you will destroy yourself.
9 You will be safe,
        if you always do right,
    but you will get caught,
        if you are dishonest.
10 Deceit causes trouble,
     and foolish talk
        will bring you to ruin.
11 The words of good people
        are a source of life,
    but evil hides behind
        the words of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirs up trouble;
     love overlooks the wrongs
        that others do.
13 If you have good sense,
        it will show when you speak.
     But if you are stupid,
     you will be beaten
        with a stick.
14 If you have good sense,
        you will learn all you can,
     but foolish talk
        will soon destroy you.

15 Great wealth can be a fortress,
     but poverty
        is no protection at all.
16 If you live right,
        the reward is a good life;
     if you are evil,
        all you have is sin.

17 Accept correction,
        and you will find life;
     reject correction,
        and you will miss the road.
18 You can hide your hatred
        by telling lies,
     but you are a fool
        to spread lies.
19 You will say the wrong thing
        if you talk too much—
     so be sensible and watch
        what you say.
20 The words of a good person
        are like pure silver,
     but the thoughts
     of an evil person
        are almost worthless.
21 Many are helped
        by useful instruction,
     but fools are killed
        by their own stupidity.

22 When the Lord blesses you
     with riches,
        you have nothing to regret.
23 Fools enjoy doing wrong,
     but anyone with good sense
        enjoys acting wisely.
24 What evil people dread most
        will happen to them,
     but good people will get
        what they want most.
25 Those crooks will disappear
        when a storm strikes,
     but God will keep safe
        all who obey him.
26 Having a lazy person on the job
     is like a mouth full of vinegar
        or smoke in your eyes.

27 If you respect the Lord,
        you will live longer;
     if you keep doing wrong,
        your life will be cut short.
28 If you obey the Lord,
        you will be happy,
     but there is no future
        for the wicked.
29 The Lord protects everyone
        who lives right,
     but he destroys anyone
        who does wrong.
30 Good people will stand firm,
     but the wicked
        will lose their land.
31 Honest people speak sensibly,
     but deceitful liars
        will be silenced.
32 If you obey the Lord,
     you will always know
        the right thing to say.
     But no one will trust you
        if you tell lies.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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