Proverbs 10-14 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
III. First Solomonic Collection of Sayings
1 The Proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son gives his father joy,
but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
2 Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing,
but justice saves from death.
3 The Lord does not let the just go hungry,
but the craving of the wicked he thwarts.
4 The slack hand impoverishes,
but the busy hand brings riches.
5 A son who gathers in summer is a credit;
a son who slumbers during harvest, a disgrace.
6 Blessings are for the head of the just;
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the just serves as blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 A wise heart accepts commands,
but a babbling fool will be overthrown.
9 Whoever walks honestly walks securely,
but one whose ways are crooked will fare badly.
10 One who winks at a fault causes trouble,
but one who frankly reproves promotes peace.
11 The mouth of the just is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up disputes,
but love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of the intelligent is found wisdom,
but a rod for the back of one without sense.
14 The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool is imminent ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their strong city;
the ruin of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labor of the just leads to life,
the gains of the wicked, to futility.
17 Whoever follows instruction is in the path to life,
but whoever disregards reproof goes astray.
18 Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips,
and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19 Where words are many, sin is not wanting;
but those who restrain their lips do well.
20 Choice silver is the tongue of the just;
the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
21 The lips of the just nourish many,
but fools die for want of sense.
22 It is the Lord’s blessing that brings wealth,
and no effort can substitute for it.
23 Crime is the entertainment of the fool;
but wisdom is for the person of understanding.
24 What the wicked fear will befall them,
but the desire of the just will be granted.
25 When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more;
but the just are established forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes,
are sluggards to those who send them.
27 Fear of the Lord prolongs life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The hope of the just brings joy,
but the expectation of the wicked perishes.
29 The Lord is a stronghold to those who walk honestly,
downfall for evildoers.
30 The just will never be disturbed,
but the wicked will not abide in the land.
31 The mouth of the just yields wisdom,
but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32 The lips of the just know favor,
but the mouth of the wicked, perversion.
1 False scales are an abomination to the Lord,
but an honest weight, his delight.
2 When pride comes, disgrace comes;
but with the humble is wisdom.
3 The honesty of the upright guides them;
the faithless are ruined by their duplicity.
4 Wealth is useless on a day of wrath,
but justice saves from death.
5 The justice of the honest makes their way straight,
but by their wickedness the wicked fall.
6 The justice of the upright saves them,
but the faithless are caught in their own intrigue.
7 When a person dies, hope is destroyed;
expectation pinned on wealth is destroyed.
8 The just are rescued from a tight spot,
but the wicked fall into it instead.
9 By a word the impious ruin their neighbors,
but through their knowledge the just are rescued.
10 When the just prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
11 Through the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
but through the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
12 Whoever reviles a neighbor lacks sense,
but the intelligent keep silent.
13 One who slanders reveals secrets,
but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.
14 For lack of guidance a people falls;
security lies in many counselors.
15 Harm will come to anyone going surety for another,
but whoever hates giving pledges is secure.
16 A gracious woman gains esteem,
and ruthless men gain wealth.
17 Kindly people benefit themselves,
but the merciless harm themselves.
18 The wicked make empty profits,
but those who sow justice have a sure reward.
19 Justice leads toward life,
but pursuit of evil, toward death.
20 The crooked in heart are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who walk blamelessly are his delight.
21 Be assured, the wicked shall not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the just shall escape.
22 Like a golden ring in a swine’s snout
is a beautiful woman without judgment.
23 The desire of the just ends only in good;
the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 One person is lavish yet grows still richer;
another is too sparing, yet is the poorer.
25 Whoever confers benefits will be amply enriched,
and whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 Whoever hoards grain, the people curse,
but blessings are on the head of one who distributes it!
27 Those who seek the good seek favor,
but those who pursue evil will have evil come upon them.
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,
but like green leaves the just will flourish.
29 Those who trouble their household inherit the wind,
and fools become slaves to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of justice is a tree of life,
and one who takes lives is a sage.
31 If the just are recompensed on the earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner!
1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates reproof is stupid.
2 A good person wins favor from the Lord,
but the schemer he condemns.
3 No one is made secure by wickedness,
but the root of the just will never be disturbed.
4 A woman of worth is the crown of her husband,
but a disgraceful one is like rot in his bones.
5 The plans of the just are right;
the designs of the wicked are deceit.
6 The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush,
but the speech of the upright saves them.
7 Overthrow the wicked and they are no more,
but the house of the just stands firm.
8 For their good sense people are praised,
but the perverse of heart are despised.
9 Better to be slighted and have a servant
than put on airs and lack bread.
10 The just take care of their livestock,
but the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
11 Those who till their own land have food in plenty,
but those who engage in idle pursuits lack sense.
12 A wicked person desires the catch of evil people,
but the root of the righteous will bear fruit.
13 By the sin of their lips the wicked are ensnared,
but the just escape from a tight spot.
14 From the fruit of their mouths people have their fill of good,
and the works of their hands come back upon them.
15 The way of fools is right in their own eyes,
but those who listen to advice are the wise.
16 Fools immediately show their anger,
but the shrewd conceal contempt.
17 Whoever speaks honestly testifies truly,
but the deceitful make lying witnesses.
18 The babble of some people is like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise is healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
the lying tongue, for only a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil,
but those who counsel peace have joy.
21 No harm befalls the just,
but the wicked are overwhelmed with misfortune.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who are truthful, his delight.
23 The shrewd conceal knowledge,
but the hearts of fools proclaim folly.
24 The diligent hand will govern,
but sloth makes for forced labor.
25 Worry weighs down the heart,
but a kind word gives it joy.
26 The just act as guides to their neighbors,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 Sloth does not catch its prey,
but the wealth of the diligent is splendid.
28 In the path of justice is life,
but the way of abomination leads to death.
1 A wise son loves correction,
but the scoffer heeds no rebuke.
2 From the fruit of the mouth one enjoys good things,
but from the throat of the treacherous comes violence.
3 Those who guard their mouths preserve themselves;
those who open wide their lips bring ruin.
4 The appetite of the sluggard craves but has nothing,
but the appetite of the diligent is amply satisfied.
5 The just hate deceitful words,
but the wicked are odious and disgraceful.
6 Justice guards one who walks honestly,
but sin leads the wicked astray.
7 One acts rich but has nothing;
another acts poor but has great wealth.
8 People’s riches serve as ransom for their lives,
but the poor do not even hear a threat.
9 The light of the just gives joy,
but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
10 The stupid sow discord by their insolence,
but wisdom is with those who take counsel.
11 Wealth won quickly dwindles away,
but gathered little by little, it grows.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a wish fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever despises the word must pay for it,
but whoever reveres the command will be rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning one from the snares of death.
15 Good sense brings favor,
but the way of the faithless is their ruin.
16 The shrewd always act prudently
but the foolish parade folly.
17 A wicked messenger brings on disaster,
but a trustworthy envoy is a healing remedy.
18 Poverty and shame befall those who let go of discipline,
but those who hold on to reproof receive honor.
19 Desire fulfilled delights the soul,
but turning from evil is an abomination to fools.
20 Walk with the wise and you become wise,
but the companion of fools fares badly.
21 Misfortune pursues sinners,
but the just shall be recompensed with good.
22 The good leave an inheritance to their children’s children,
but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just.
23 The tillage of the poor yields abundant food,
but possessions are swept away for lack of justice.
24 Whoever spares the rod hates the child,
but whoever loves will apply discipline.
25 When the just eat, their hunger is appeased;
but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
1 Wisdom builds her house,
but Folly tears hers down with her own hands.
2 Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord,
but those who are devious in their ways spurn him.
3 In the mouth of the fool is a rod for pride,
but the lips of the wise preserve them.
4 Where there are no oxen, the crib is clean;
but abundant crops come through the strength of the bull.
5 A trustworthy witness does not lie,
but one who spouts lies makes a lying witness.
6 The scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
but knowledge is easy for the intelligent.
7 Go from the face of the fool;
you get no knowledge from such lips.
8 The wisdom of the shrewd enlightens their way,
but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 The wicked scorn a guilt offering,
but the upright find acceptance.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
and its joy no stranger shares.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 Sometimes a way seems right,
but the end of it leads to death!
13 Even in laughter the heart may be sad,
and the end of joy may be sorrow.
14 From their own ways turncoats are sated,
from their own actions, the loyal.
15 The naive believe everything,
but the shrewd watch their steps.
16 The wise person is cautious and turns from evil;
the fool is reckless and gets embroiled.
17 The quick-tempered make fools of themselves,
and schemers are hated.
18 The simple have folly as an adornment,
but the shrewd wear knowledge as a crown.
19 The malicious bow down before the good,
and the wicked, at the gates of the just.
20 Even by their neighbors the poor are despised,
but a rich person’s friends are many.
21 Whoever despises the hungry comes up short,
but happy the one who is kind to the poor!
22 Do not those who plan evil go astray?
But those who plan good win steadfast loyalty.
23 In all labor there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to loss.
24 The crown of the wise is wealth;
the diadem of fools is folly.
25 The truthful witness saves lives,
but whoever utters lies is a betrayer.
26 The fear of the Lord is a strong defense,
a refuge even for one’s children.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning one from the snares of death.
28 A multitude of subjects is the glory of the king;
but if his people are few, a prince is ruined.
29 Long-suffering results in great wisdom;
a short temper raises folly high.
30 A tranquil mind gives life to the body,
but jealousy rots the bones.
31 Those who oppress the poor revile their Maker,
but those who are kind to the needy honor him.
32 The wicked are overthrown by their wickedness,
but the just find a refuge in their integrity.
33 Wisdom can remain silent in the discerning heart,
but among fools she must make herself known.
34 Justice exalts a nation,
but sin is a people’s disgrace.
35 The king favors the skillful servant,
but the shameless one incurs his wrath.
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