1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise
son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his
2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but
righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry but he
thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he
who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but
violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but
the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering
fool comes to ruin.
9 The man of integrity walks securely, but he who
takes crooked paths will be found out.
10 He who winks maliciously causes grief, and a
chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but
a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.
14 Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a
fool invites ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but
poverty is the ruin of the poor.
16 The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the
income of the wicked brings them punishment.
17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but
whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and
whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who
holds his tongue is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but
the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools
die for lack of judgment.
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds
no trouble to it.
23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of
understanding delights in wisdom.
24 What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the
righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so
is a sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the
years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes
of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the righteous,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted, but the
wicked will not remain in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but
a perverse tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but
the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.