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Wise Sayings of Solomon

1The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise child makes a glad father,

but a foolish child is a mother’s grief.

2Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,

but righteousness delivers from death.

3The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,

but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

4A slack hand causes poverty,

but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

5A child who gathers in summer is prudent,

but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame.

6Blessings are on 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 will rot.

8The wise of heart will heed commandments,

but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

9Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,

but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.

10Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,

but the one who rebukes boldly makes peace.

11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,

but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12Hatred stirs up strife,

but love covers all offenses.

13On the lips of one who has understanding wisdom is found,

but a rod is for the back of one who lacks sense.

14The wise lay up knowledge,

but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.

15The wealth of the rich is their fortress;

the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

16The wage of the righteous leads to life,

the gain of the wicked to sin.

17Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,

but one who rejects a rebuke goes astray.

18Lying lips conceal hatred,

and whoever utters slander is a fool.

19When words are many, transgression is not lacking,

but the prudent are restrained in speech.

20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;

the mind of the wicked is of little worth.

21The lips of the righteous feed many,

but fools die for lack of sense.

22The blessing of the Lord makes rich,

and he adds no sorrow with it.

23Doing wrong is like sport to a fool,

but wise conduct is pleasure to a person of understanding.

24What the wicked dread will come upon them,

but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

25When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more,

but the righteous are established forever.

26Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes,

so are the lazy to their employers.

27The fear of the Lord prolongs life,

but the years of the wicked will be short.

28The hope of the righteous ends in gladness,

but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.

29The way of the Lord is a stronghold for the upright,

but destruction for evildoers.

30The righteous will never be removed,

but the wicked will not remain in the land.

31The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,

but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,

but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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