1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise child is a father's joy, a foolish child a mother's grief. 2Treasures wickedly come by give no benefit, but uprightness brings delivery from death. 3Yahweh does not let the upright go hungry, but he thwarts the greed of the wicked. 4A slack hand brings poverty, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth. 5Reaping at harvest-time is the mark of the prudent, sleeping at harvest-time is the sign of theworthless. 6Blessings are on the head of the upright, but the mouth of the godless is a cover for violence. 7The upright is remembered with blessings, the name of the wicked rots away. 8The wise of heart takes orders, but a gabbling fool heads for ruin. 9Anyone whose ways are honourable walks secure, but whoever fol ows crooked ways is soonunmasked. 10A wink of the eye brings trouble, a bold rebuke brings peace. 11The mouth of the upright is a life-giving fountain, but the mouth of the godless is a cover for violence. 12Hatred provokes disputes, but love excuses al offences. 13On the lips of the discerning is found wisdom, on the back of a fool, the stick. 14Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool makes ruin imminent. 15The wealth of the rich is their stronghold, poverty is the undoing of the weak. 16The wage of the upright affords life, but sin is al the wicked earns. 17Whoever abides by discipline, walks towards life, whoever ignores correction goes astray. 18Liars' lips are a cover for hatred, whoever utters slander is a fool. 19A flood of words is never without fault; whoever controls the lips is wise. 20The tongue of the upright is purest silver, the heart of the wicked is of trumpery value. 21The lips of the upright nourish many peoples, but fools die for want of sense. 22The blessing of Yahweh is what brings riches, to this, hard toil has nothing to add. 23A fool takes pleasure in doing wrong, the intel igent in cultivating wisdom. 24What the wicked fears overtakes him, what the upright desires comes to him as a present. 25When the storm is over, the wicked is no more, but the upright stands firm for ever. 26As vinegar to the teeth, smoke to the eyes, so the sluggard to the one who sends him. 27The fear of Yahweh adds length to life, the years of the wicked wil be cut short. 28The hope of the upright is joy, the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. 29The way of Yahweh is a rampart for the honest, for evil-doers nothing but ruin. 30The upright wil never have to give way, but the land wil offer no home for the wicked. 31The mouth of the upright utters wisdom, the tongue that deceives wil be cut off. 32The lips of the upright know about kindness, the mouth of the wicked about deceit.
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