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- 1 The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes his father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
- Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing, but virtue saves from death.
- The LORD permits not the just to hunger, but the craving of the wicked he thwarts.
- The slack hand impoverishes, but the hand of the diligent enriches.
- A son who fills the granaries in summer is a credit; a son who slumbers during harvest, a disgrace.
- Blessings are for the head of the just, but a rod for the back of the fool.
- The memory of the just will be blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.
- A wise man heeds commands, but a prating fool will be overthrown.
- He who walks honestly walks securely, but he whose ways are crooked will fare badly.
- He who winks at a fault causes trouble, but he who frankly reproves promotes peace.
- A fountain of life is the mouth of the just, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
- 2 Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.
- On the lips of the intelligent is found wisdom, (but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence).
- Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool is imminent ruin.
- 3 The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the ruination of the lowly is their poverty.
- The just man's recompense leads to life, the gains of the wicked, to sin.
- A path to life is his who heeds admonition, but he who disregards reproof goes astray.
- It is the lips of the liar that conceal hostility; but he who spreads accusations is a fool.
- Where words are many, sin is not wanting; but he who restrains his lips does well.
- Like choice silver is the just man's tongue; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.
- The just man's lips nourish many, but fools die for want of sense.
- 4 It is the LORD'S blessing that brings wealth, and no effort can substitute for it.
- Crime is the entertainment of the fool; so is wisdom for the man of sense.
- What the wicked man fears will befall him, but the desire of the just will be granted.
- When the tempest passes, the wicked man is no more; but the just man is established forever.
- As vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, is the sluggard to those who use him as a messenger.
- The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked are brief.
- The hope of the just brings them joy, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nought.
- The LORD is a stronghold to him who walks honestly, but to evildoers, their downfall.
- The just man will never be disturbed, but the wicked will not abide in the land.
- The mouth of the just yields wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
- The lips of the just know how to please, but the mouth of the wicked, how to pervert.
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1 [10:1-22:16] The varied contents of this first collection of Solomon's proverbs apply mostly to individual life. Each of its three hundred and seventy-five proverbs is meant to be distinct from the others, developing one idea through contrasting parallelism in Prov 10-15, and a climactic treatment in Prov 16-22.
2  Love covers all offenses: a favorite maxim of the Apostles; cf 1 Cor 13:7; James 5:20; 1 Peter 4:8; Proverb 17:9.
3  The inspired author reflects upon the reality of the power of money and the defeat of poverty, without approving these things.
4  The blessing of God rather than our own industry crowns our efforts with success; cf Psalm 127:1-2; Matthew 6:25-34.
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