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chapter 10

Two kinds of sons

1 The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But
a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

Divine providence

2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But
righteousness delivers from death.

the diligent and the lazy

Proverbs 10:5 3 The LORD will not allow
the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked. 4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

The just and the unjust

Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. 7 The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.

Two attitudes

8 The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool
will fall.

Two walks

Proverbs 10:5 9
He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.

Contrasted use of the tongue

10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool
will fall. 11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. 12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. 14 Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

The rich and the poor

15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Causes of life and death

The labor of the righteous leads to life, The wages of the wicked to sin. 17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.

Contrasted use of the tongue

18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is
a fool. 19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.

God`s blessing

The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.

Two kinds of sport

To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.

Results of fear and faith

24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.

Two unfailing comparisons

25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But
the righteous has an everlasting foundation. 26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.

Four contrasted destinies

27 The fear of the LORD
prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. 28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish. 29 The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. 30 The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

Contrasted use of the tongue

31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked
what is perverse.


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