Passage: Proverbs 10, 11, 12 (RSV)

Proverbs 10

1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
2Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.
3The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5A son who gathers in summer is prudent, but a son who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
6Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
8The wise of heart will heed commandments, but a prating fool will come to ruin.
9He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.
10He who winks the eye causes trouble, but he who boldly reproves makes peace.
11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
13On the lips of him who has understanding wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
14Wise men lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.
15A rich man's wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
16The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin.
17He who heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof goes astray.
18He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who utters slander is a fool.
19When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.
20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the mind of the wicked is of little worth.
21The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.
22The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
23It is like sport to a fool to do wrong, but wise conduct is pleasure to a man of understanding.
24What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established for ever.
26Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.
28The hope of the righteous ends in gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nought.
29The LORD is a stronghold to him whose way is upright, but destruction to evildoers.
30The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

Proverbs 11

1A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.
2When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom.
3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
4Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
5The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
6The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
7When the wicked dies, his hope perishes, and the expectation of the godless comes to nought.
8The righteous is delivered from trouble, and the wicked gets into it instead.
9With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
10When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
11By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12He who belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
13He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing hidden.
14Where there is no guidance, a people falls; but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
15He who gives surety for a stranger will smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure.
16A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.
17A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
18A wicked man earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
19He who is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.
20Men of perverse mind are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight.
21Be assured, an evil man will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will be delivered.
22Like a gold ring in a swine's snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.
23The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
24One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25A liberal man will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
26The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28He who trusts in his riches will wither, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29He who troubles his household will inherit wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but lawlessness takes away lives.
31If the righteous is requited on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!

Proverbs 12

1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
2A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.
3A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
4A good wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are treacherous.
6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers men.
7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.
8A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of perverse mind is despised.
9Better is a man of humble standing who works for himself than one who plays the great man but lacks bread.
10A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits has no sense.
12The strong tower of the wicked comes to ruin, but the root of the righteous stands firm.
13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14From the fruit of his words a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
16The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent man ignores an insult.
17He who speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.
18There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19Truthful lips endure for ever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan good have joy.
21No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23A prudent man conceals his knowledge, but fools proclaim their folly.
24The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
26A righteous man turns away from evil, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27A slothful man will not catch his prey, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28In the path of righteousness is life, but the way of error leads to death.

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