The Upright and the Wicked Contrasted
10 1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise child makes a glad father, but a foolish child is a mother's grief.
4 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 A child who gathers in summer is prudent, but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise of heart will heed commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.
10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, but the one who rebukes boldly makes peace.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of one who has understanding wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of one who lacks sense.
14 The wise lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16 The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin.
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but one who rejects a rebuke goes astray.
18 Lying lips conceal hatred, and whoever utters slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech.
22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 Doing wrong is like sport to a fool, but wise conduct is pleasure to a person of understanding.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so are the lazy to their employers.