Proverbs 10 The Message Bible

The Upright and the Wicked Contrasted

10 1  Wise son, glad father; stupid son, sad mother.

2  Ill-gotten gain gets you nowhere; an honest life is immortal. 3  God won't starve an honest soul, but he frustrates the appetites of the wicked.

4  Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth.

5  Make hay while the sun shines - that's smart; go fishing during harvest - that's stupid.

6  Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.

7  A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench.

8  A wise heart takes orders; an empty head will come unglued.

9  Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed.

10  An evasive eye is a sign of trouble ahead, but an open, face-to-face meeting results in peace.

11  The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.

12  Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering.

13  You'll find wisdom on the lips of a person of insight, but the shortsighted needs a slap in the face.

14  The wise accumulate knowledge - a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much - a sheer waste. The Road to Life Is a Disciplined Life

15  The wealth of the rich is their bastion; the poverty of the indigent is their ruin.

16  The wage of a good person is exuberant life; an evil person ends up with nothing but sin.

17  The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you're lost for good.

18  Liars secretly hoard hatred; fools openly spread slander.

19  The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.

20  The speech of a good person is worth waiting for; the blabber of the wicked is worthless. 21  The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart. Fear-of-God Expands Your Life

22  God's blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God.

23  An empty-head thinks mischief is fun, but a mindful person relishes wisdom.

24  The nightmares of the wicked come true; what the good people desire, they get. 25  When the storm is over, there's nothing left of the wicked; good people, firm on their rock foundation, aren't even fazed.

26  A lazy employee will give you nothing but trouble; it's vinegar in the mouth, smoke in the eyes.

27  The Fear-of-God expands your life; a wicked life is a puny life. 28  The aspirations of good people end in celebration; the ambitions of bad people crash.

29  God is solid backing to a well-lived life, but he calls into question a shabby performance. 30  Good people last - they can't be moved; the wicked are here today, gone tomorrow.

31  A good person's mouth is a clear fountain of wisdom; a foul mouth is a stagnant swamp. 32  The speech of a good person clears the air; the words of the wicked pollute it.


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