The Proverbs of Solomon

Proverbs 10

1 c The proverbs of Solomon.
d A wise son makes a glad father,
e but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
2 f Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
g but righteousness delivers from death.
3 h The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
i but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 A slack hand j causes poverty,
k but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who l gathers in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps in harvest is m a son who brings shame.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but n the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 o The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but p the name of the wicked will rot.
8 q The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
9 r Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked s will be found out.
10 Whoever t winks the eye causes trouble,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
11 u The mouth of the righteous is v a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked n conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
but w love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
but x a rod is for the back of him who y lacks sense.
14 The wise z lay up knowledge,
but a the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
15 b A rich man's wealth is his strong city;
the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads c to life,
the gain of the wicked to sin.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on d the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 e When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
f but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
20 The tongue of the righteous is g choice silver;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for h lack of sense.
22 i The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it. 1
23 Doing wrong is j like a joke to a fool,
but k wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
24 l What the wicked dreads m will come upon him,
but n the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When o the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
but p the righteous is established forever.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 q The fear of the Lord prolongs life,
r but the years of the wicked will be short.
28 s The hope of the righteous brings joy,
t but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 u The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.
30 v The righteous will never be removed,
but w the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 x The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous y know what is acceptable,
but the mouth of the wicked, z what is perverse.

  1. Cross References
    Proverbs 1:1
    The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 29:3
    He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:25
    A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
    Proverbs 29:15
    The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 21:6
    The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
    Ezekiel 7:19
    They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.
    Luke 12:19 - 20
    And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.
  5. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:4
    Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
    Proverbs 11:6
    The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 34:9 - 10
    Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
    Psalms 37:25
    I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
    Matthew 6:33
    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 112:10
    The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!
    James 4:3
    You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:11
    And poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
    Proverbs 12:24
    The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
    Proverbs 13:4
    The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 21:5
    The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.
  10. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:8
    She prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:2
    A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
    Proverbs 19:26
    He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who brings shame and reproach.
  12. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:32
    The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 112:6
    For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 9:5
    You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
  15. Cross References
    Matthew 7:24 - 25
    Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
  16. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:23
    Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.
    Proverbs 28:18
    Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
    Psalms 23:4
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
    Isaiah 33:15 - 16
    He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 10:26
    So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
    1 Timothy 5:25
    So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.
  18. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:13
    Winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 37:30
    The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 13:14
    The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
    Psalms 36:9
    For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
  21. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:6
    Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
  22. Cross References
    1 Peter 4:8
    Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
    James 5:20
    Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
  23. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:29
    Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.
    Proverbs 26:3
    A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.
  24. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:32
    He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.
  25. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:8
    The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
    Proverbs 12:23
    A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
  26. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:7
    A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
  27. Cross References
    Proverbs 18:11
    A rich man's wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.
    Psalms 52:7
    "See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!"
    Mark 10:24 - 25
    And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!
  28. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:19
    Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.
    Proverbs 19:23
    The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
  29. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:23
    For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.
  30. Cross References
    Matthew 12:36 - 37
    I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.
  31. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:27
    Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
    James 3:2
    For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
  32. Cross References
    Proverbs 8:19
    My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.
    Proverbs 16:16
    How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
  33. Cross References
    Hosea 4:6
    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
  34. Cross References
    Genesis 24:35
    The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, camels and donkeys.
    Genesis 26:12
    And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him.
    Deuteronomy 8:18
    You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
  35. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:14
    Who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil.
    Proverbs 15:21
    Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.
  36. Cross References
    Proverbs 8:30
    Then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always.
  37. Cross References
    Isaiah 66:4
    I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring their fears upon them, because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.
    Hebrews 10:27
    But a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.
    Job 15:21
    Dreadful sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
  38. Cross References
    Job 3:25
    For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.
  39. Cross References
    Psalms 145:19
    He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
    Matthew 5:6
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
    1 John 5:14 - 15
    And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
  40. Cross References
    Job 21:18
    That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away?
    Psalms 58:9
    Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!
    Matthew 7:26 - 27
    And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
  41. Cross References
    Proverbs 12:3
    No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
    Psalms 15:5
    Who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
    Matthew 7:24 - 25
    Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
  42. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:2
    For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
  43. Cross References
    Job 15:32 - 33
    It will be paid in full before his time, and his branch will not be green.
  44. Cross References
    Luke 21:28
    Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
  45. Cross References
    Job 8:13
    Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.
  46. Cross References
    Psalms 25:12
    Who is the man who fears the Lord ? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
    Matthew 22:16
    And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.
    Acts 9:2
    And asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
  47. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:25
    When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.
    Psalms 37:22
    For those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
    Psalms 37:29
    The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
    Psalms 125:1
    Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
  48. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:21 - 22
    For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.
  49. Cross References
    Psalms 37:30
    The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
  50. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 10:12
    The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.
  51. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:12
    Delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech.
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