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Proverbs 10

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 1 These are the proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the sadness of his mother.

 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness deliverers from death.

 3 The LORD will not allow the soul of the righteous to starve, but he casts away the substance of the wicked.

 4 He becomes poor, who deals with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.

 6 Blessings are upon the head of the just, but violence covers 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 talkative fool shall fall.

 9 He who walks uprightly, walks surely; but he who perverts his ways, shall be known.

 10 He who winks with the eye, causes sorrow; but a talkative fool shall fall.

 11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

 12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers a multitude of sins.

 13 In the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him who 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 poverty of the poor is their ruin.

 16 The labor of the righteous yields life; the fruit of the wicked yields sin [which ends in death].

 17 He is in the way of life, who keeps instruction; but he who refuses reproof, errs [in the way of death].

 18 He who hides hatred with lying lips, and he who utters a slander, are fools.

 19 In a multitude of words there is no lack of sin; but he who restrains 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 lack of wisdom.

 22 The blessing of the LORD, makes rich,1 and he adds no sorrow with it.

 23 It is as pleasure to a fool to do evil, but a man of understanding has wisdom.

 24 The fear of the wicked shall come upon him,2 but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

 25 As the whirlwind passes, 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 those who send him.

 27 The fear of the LORD prolongs 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 brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut out.

 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perversity.


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1 The blessing of the Lord makes rich. The Lord will bless your spiritually along the way, but the Lord will not bless you materially until he knows that you will not consume his blessing on your lusts; that would not be a blessing, but a curse. For with an increase in material possessions, while your selfish lusts are still alive, the increase would only dig you deeper into the hole that you will have to dig out of — in this earthly life through the cross, or in the next life through Hell. Those who preach the gospel of prosperity are Men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. 1 Timothy 6:5. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you. Eph 5:3. Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses. Luke 12:15.

2 The fear of the wicked shall come upon him. Does the Lord bring this fear upon a man to teach him the error of his ways; or does the wicked man, constantly looking at what he fears, fall into it? Either or both, it happens.

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