1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grieves his mother.
1 The proverbs of Solomon:A wise son makes a father glad,But a foolish [stubborn] son [who refuses to learn] is a grief to his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
2 Nothing good comes from ill-gotten wealth, but righteousness delivers from death.
2 Treasures of wickedness and ill-gotten gains do not profit,But righteousness and moral integrity in daily life rescues from death.
3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
3 The LORD won't cause the righteous to hunger, but he will reject what the wicked crave.
4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
4 Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands lead to wealth.
4 Poor is he who works with a negligent and idle hand,But the hand of the diligent makes him rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
5 Whoever harvests during summer acts wisely, but the son who sleeps during harvest is disgraceful.
5 He who gathers during summer and takes advantage of his opportunities is a son who acts wisely,But he who sleeps during harvest and ignores the moment of opportunity is a son who acts shamefully.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
6 Blessings come upon the head of the righteous, but the words of the wicked conceal violence.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous [the upright, those in right standing with God],But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
7 The reputation of the righteous leads to blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
8 The wise person accepts commands, but the chattering fool will be brought down.
8 The wise in heart [are willing to learn so they] will accept and obey commands (instruction),But the babbling fool [who is arrogant and thinks himself wise] will come to ruin.
9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
9 Whoever walks in integrity lives prudently, but whoever perverts his way of life will be exposed.
9 He who walks in integrity and with moral character walks securely,But he who takes a crooked way will be discovered and punished.
10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
10 Those who wink their eyes are trouble makers, and the mocking fool will be brought down.
10 He who [maliciously] winks the eye [of evil intent] causes trouble;And the babbling fool [who is arrogant and thinks himself wise] will come to ruin.
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
11 What the righteous say is a flowing fountain, but what the wicked say conceals violence.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life and his words of wisdom are a source of blessing,But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence and evil.
12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
12 Hatred awakens contention, but love covers all transgressions.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].
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.
13 Wisdom characterizes the speech of the discerning, but the rod is for the backs of those lacking discernment.
13 On the lips of the discerning, [skillful and godly] wisdom is found,But discipline and the rod are for the back of the one who is without common sense and understanding.
14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
14 Those who are wise store up knowledge, but when the fool speaks, destruction is near.
14 Wise men store up and treasure knowledge [in mind and heart],But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
15 The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.
16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
16 Honorable wages lead to life; the salaries of the wicked, to retribution.
17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
17 Whoever heeds correction is on the pathway to life, but someone who ignores exhortation goes astray.
17 He who learns from instruction and correction is on the [right] path of life [and for others his example is a path toward wisdom and blessing],But he who ignores and refuses correction goes off course [and for others his example is a path toward sin and ruin].
18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
18 Whoever conceals hatred is a deceitful liar, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
19 Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.
19 When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable,But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
20 What the righteous person says is like precious silver; the thoughts of the wicked are compared to small things.
20 The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued);The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
21 What the righteous person says nourishes many, but fools die because they lack discerning hearts.
21 The lips of the righteous feed and guide many,But fools [who reject God and His wisdom] die for lack of understanding.
22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
22 The blessing of the LORD establishes wealth, and difficulty does not accompany it.
22 The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches,And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God].
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
23 Just as the fool considers wickedness his joy, so is wisdom to the discerning man.
23 Engaging in evil is like sport to the fool [who refuses wisdom and chases sin],But to a man of understanding [skillful and godly] wisdom brings joy.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
24 What the wicked fears will come about, but the longing of the righteous will be granted.
24 What the wicked fears will come upon him,But the desire of the righteous [for the blessings of God] will be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
25 When the storm ends, the wicked vanish, but the righteous person is forever firm.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
26 As vinegar is to the mouth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy person to those who send him.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,So is the lazy one to those who send him to work.
27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
27 Fearing the LORD prolongs life, but the wicked will not live long.
27 The [reverent] fear of the Lord [worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect] prolongs one’s life,But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
28 What the righteous hope for brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked dies.
28 The hope of the righteous [those of honorable character and integrity] is joy,But the expectation of the wicked [those who oppose God and ignore His wisdom] comes to nothing.
29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
29 To the upright, the way of the LORD is a place of safety, but it's a place of ruin to those who practice evil.
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright,But it is ruin to those who do evil.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
30 The righteous will never be overthrown, but the wicked will never inhabit the land.
31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
31 The words of the righteous overflow with wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.
31 The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom,But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
32 Righteous lips know what is prudent, but the words of the wicked are perverse.
32 The lips of the righteous know (speak) what is acceptable,But the mouth of the wicked knows (speaks) what is perverted (twisted).
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