The Upright and the Wicked Contrasted
10 1 Proverbs of Solomon. A wise son causeth a father to rejoice, And a foolish son 'is' an affliction to his mother.
4 Poor 'is' he who is working—a slothful hand, And the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5 Whoso is gathering in summer 'is' a wise son, Whoso is sleeping in harvest 'is' a son causing shame.
6 Blessings 'are' for the head of the righteous, And the mouth of the wicked cover doth violence.
7 The remembrance of the righteous 'is' for a blessing, And the name of the wicked doth rot.
8 The wise in heart accepteth commands, And a talkative fool kicketh.
9 Whoso is walking in integrity walketh confidently, And whoso is perverting his ways is known.
10 Whoso is winking the eye giveth grief, And a talkative fool kicketh.
11 A fountain of life 'is' the mouth of the righteous, And the mouth of the wicked cover doth violence.
12 Hatred awaketh contentions, And over all transgressions love covereth.
13 In the lips of the intelligent is wisdom found, And a rod 'is' for the back of him who is lacking understanding.
14 The wise lay up knowledge, and the mouth of a fool 'is' near ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich 'is' his strong city, The ruin of the poor 'is' their poverty.
16 The wage of the righteous 'is' for life, The increase of the wicked for sin.
17 A traveller to life 'is' he who is keeping instruction, And whoso is forsaking rebuke is erring.
18 Whoso is covering hatred with lying lips, And whoso is bringing out an evil report is a fool.
19 In the abundance of words transgression ceaseth not, And whoso is restraining his lips 'is' wise.
22 The blessing of Jehovah—it maketh rich, And He addeth no grief with it.
23 To execute inventions 'is' as play to a fool, And wisdom to a man of understanding.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, And as smoke to the eyes, So 'is' the slothful to those sending him.
11 1 Balances of deceit 'are' an abomination to Jehovah, And a perfect weight 'is' His delight.
2 Pride hath come, and shame cometh, And with the lowly 'is' wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright leadeth them, And the perverseness of the treacherous destroyeth them.
4 Wealth profiteth not in a day of wrath, And righteousness delivereth from death.
7 In the death of a wicked man, hope perisheth, And the expectation of the iniquitous hath been lost.
8 The righteous from distress is drawn out, And the wicked goeth in instead of him.
9 With the mouth a hypocrite corrupteth his friend, And by knowledge the righteous are drawn out.
14 Without counsels do a people fall, And deliverance 'is' in a multitude of counsellors.
15 Evil 'one' suffereth when he hath been surety 'for' a stranger, And whoso is hating suretyship is confident.
16 A gracious woman retaineth honour, And terrible 'men' retain riches.
17 A kind man is rewarding his own soul, And the fierce is troubling his own flesh.
18 The wicked is getting a lying wage, And whoso is sowing righteousness—a true reward.
19 Rightly 'is' righteousness for life, And whoso is pursuing evil—for his own death.
20 An abomination to Jehovah 'are' the perverse of heart, And the perfect of the way 'are' His delight.
21 Hand to hand, the wicked is not acquitted, And the seed of the righteous hath escaped.
22 A ring of gold in the nose of a sow—A fair woman and stubborn of behaviour.
23 The desire of the righteous 'is' only good, The hope of the wicked 'is' transgression.
24 There is who is scattering, and yet is increased, And who is keeping back from uprightness, only to want.
25 A liberal soul is made fat, And whoso is watering, he also is watered.
26 Whoso is withholding corn, the people execrate him, And a blessing 'is' for the head of him who is selling.
27 Whoso is earnestly seeking good Seeketh a pleasing thing, And whoso is seeking evil—it meeteth him.
28 Whoso is confident in his wealth he falleth, And as a leaf, the righteous flourish.
29 Whoso is troubling his own house inheriteth wind, And a servant 'is' the fool to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous 'is' a tree of life, And whoso is taking souls 'is' wise.
31 Lo, the righteous in the earth is recompensed, Surely also the wicked and the sinner!
12 1 Whoso is loving instruction, is loving knowledge, And whoso is hating reproof 'is' brutish.
2 The good bringeth forth favour from Jehovah, And the man of wicked devices He condemneth.
3 A man is not established by wickedness, And the root of the righteous is not moved.
4 A virtuous woman 'is' a crown to her husband, And as rottenness in his bones 'is' one causing shame.
5 The thoughts of the righteous 'are' justice, The counsels of the wicked—deceit.
6 The words of the wicked 'are': 'Lay wait for blood,' And the mouth of the upright delivereth them.
7 Overthrow the wicked, and they are not, And the house of the righteous standeth.
8 According to his wisdom is a man praised, And the perverted of heart becometh despised.
9 Better 'is' the lightly esteemed who hath a servant, Than the self-honoured who lacketh bread.
10 The righteous knoweth the life of his beast, And the mercies of the wicked 'are' cruel.
11 Whoso is tilling the ground is satisfied 'with' bread, And whoso is pursuing vanities is lacking heart,
12 The wicked hath desired the net of evil doers, And the root of the righteous giveth.
13 In transgression of the lips 'is' the snare of the wicked, And the righteous goeth out from distress.
14 From the fruit of the mouth 'is' one satisfied 'with' good, And the deed of man's hands returneth to him.
15 The way of a fool 'is' right in his own eyes, And whoso is hearkening to counsel 'is' wise.
16 The fool—in a day is his anger known, And the prudent is covering shame.
17 Whoso uttereth faithfulness declareth righteousness, And a false witness—deceit.
18 A rash speaker is like piercings of a sword, And the tongue of the wise is healing.
19 The lip of truth is established for ever, And for a moment—a tongue of falsehood.
20 Deceit 'is' in the heart of those devising evil, And to those counselling peace 'is' joy.
21 No iniquity is desired by the righteous, And the wicked have been full of evil.
22 An abomination to Jehovah 'are' lying lips, And stedfast doers 'are' his delight.
23 A prudent man is concealing knowledge, And the heart of fools proclaimeth folly.
24 The hand of the diligent ruleth, And slothfulness becometh tributary.
25 Sorrow in the heart of a man boweth down, And a good word maketh him glad.
26 The righteous searcheth his companion, And the way of the wicked causeth them to err.
27 The slothful roasteth not his hunting, And the wealth of a diligent man is precious.
28 In the path of righteousness 'is' life, And in the way of 'that' path 'is' no death!