New English Translation
The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs
1 The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise child makes a father rejoice, but a foolish child is a grief to his mother.
2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.
3 The LORD satisfies the appetite of the righteous, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 The one who is lazy becomes poor, but the one who works diligently becomes wealthy.
5 The one who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son, but the one who sleeps during the harvest is a son who brings shame to himself.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the reputation of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise person accepts instructions, but the one who speaks foolishness will come to ruin.
9 The one who conducts himself in integrity will live securely, but the one who behaves perversely will be found out.
10 The one who winks his eye causes trouble, and the one who speaks foolishness will come to ruin.
11 The teaching of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all transgressions.
13 Wisdom is found in the words of the discerning person, but the one who lacks wisdom will be disciplined.
14 Those who are wise store up knowledge, but foolish speech leads to imminent destruction.
15 The wealth of a rich person is like a fortified city, but the poor are brought to ruin by their poverty.
16 The reward which the righteous receive is life; the recompense which the wicked receive is judgment.
17 The one who heeds instruction is on the way to life, but the one who rejects rebuke goes astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies, and the one who spreads slander is certainly a fool.
19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable, but the one who restrains his words is wise.
20 What the righteous say is like the best silver, but what the wicked think is of little value.
21 The teaching of the righteous feeds many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.
22 The blessing from the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to it.
23 Carrying out a wicked scheme is enjoyable to a fool, and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment.
24 What the wicked fears will come on him; what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm passes through, the wicked are swept away, but the righteous are an everlasting foundation.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 Fearing the LORD prolongs life, but the life span of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous is joy, but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled.
29 The way of the LORD is like a stronghold for the upright, but it is destruction to evildoers.
30 The righteous will never be moved, but the wicked will not inhabit the land.
31 The speech of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, but the one who speaks perversion will be destroyed.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing, but the speech of the wicked is perverse.
King James Version
1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.