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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)

Proverbs 10:1-32

OUTLINE OF CONTENTS

  • A wise son makes his father rejoice (1)

  • Diligent hands bring riches (4)

  • Use of many words brings transgression (19)

  • Jehovah’s blessing makes rich (22)

  • The fear of Jehovah prolongs life (27)

10  Proverbs of Sol′o·mon.+ A wise son makes his father rejoice,+ But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. 2   The treasures gained by wickedness will be of no benefit,
But righteousness is what rescues from death.+
3   Jehovah will not cause the righteous one* to go hungry,+ But he will deny the wicked what they crave. 4   Idle hands will cause poverty,+ But diligent hands bring riches.+ 5   The son acting with insight gathers the crop in summer,
But the son acting shamefully is fast asleep during the harvest.+
6   Blessings are on the head of the righteous one,+ But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7   The memory* of the righteous one is due for a blessing,+ But the name of the wicked will rot.+ 8   The wisehearted person will accept instructions,*+ But the one speaking foolishly will be trodden down.+ 9   The one walking in integrity will walk in security,+ But the one making his ways crooked will be found out.+ 10  The one who slyly winks his eye causes grief,+ And the one who speaks foolishly will be trodden down.+ 11  The mouth of the righteous one is a source of life,+ But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.+ 12  Hatred is what stirs up contentions,
But love covers over all transgressions.+
13  Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning person,+ But the rod is for the back of one lacking good sense.*+ 14  Those who are wise treasure up knowledge,+ But the mouth of the fool invites ruin.+ 15  The wealth* of a rich man is his fortified city. The ruin of the poor is their poverty.+ 16  The activity of the righteous one leads to life;
But the produce of the wicked one leads to sin.+
17  The one who heeds discipline is a path to life,*
But the one who ignores reproof leads others astray.
18  The one who conceals his hatred speaks lies,+ And the one spreading malicious reports* is stupid. 19  When words are many, transgression cannot be avoided,+ But whoever controls his lips acts discreetly.+ 20  The tongue of the righteous one is like the finest silver,+ But the heart of the wicked one is worth little. 21  The lips of the righteous one nourish* many,+ But the foolish die for lack of sense.+ 22  It is the blessing of Jehovah that makes one rich,+ And He adds no pain* with it. 23  Engaging in shameful conduct is like a game to the stupid one,
But wisdom is for the man of discernment.+
24  What the wicked one fears will come upon him;
But the desire of the righteous will be granted.+
25  When the storm passes by, the wicked one will be no more,+ But the righteous one is a foundation forever.+ 26  Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So the lazy person is to the one who sends him.*
27  The fear of Jehovah prolongs life,+ But the years of the wicked will be cut short.+ 28  The expectation* of the righteous brings joy,+ But the hope of the wicked will perish.+ 29  The way of Jehovah is a stronghold for the blameless one,+ But it means ruin for evildoers.+ 30  The righteous one will never be made to fall,+ But the wicked will no longer inhabit the earth.+ 31  The mouth of the righteous one produces* wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32  The lips of the righteous one know what is pleasing,
But the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Footnotes

Or “the soul of the righteous one.”
Or “reputation.”
Lit., “commandments.”
Lit., “in want of heart.”
Or “valuable thing.”
Or possibly, “is on the path to life.”
Or “rumors.”
Or “guide.”
Or “sorrow; hardship.”
Or “to his employer.”
Or “hope.”
Or “bears the fruit of.”