Proverbs 10:1-17

1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

A. 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

B.3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

C. 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

D.5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

E.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.

F.8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

G.9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

F’.10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

E’.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.

D’.14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

C’.15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

B’. 16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

A’. 17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

One thought on “Proverbs 10:1-17”

  1. There is a similar structure, yet differing in certain respects, in the LXX (NETS translation). A,B, C are the same as Masoretic text. However there are parallel doublets in D terms. The doublets are set off from vs 1-4a by a marker verse that parallels vs 1 (marked by Xs below). “Found out” vs “deceitfully” are contrasted in the middle terms.

    X vs1
    A. vs2
    B. vs3
    C. vs4a
    X vs4b-5
    D1. vs6-7
    2. vs8
    E. vs9
    E’ vs10
    D1’ vs11-13
    2’ vs14
    C’ vs 15
    B’ vs16
    A’ vs17

    Prov. 10:1
    A wise son makes a father glad,
    but a foolish son is a mother’s grief.
    Prov. 10:2
    Treasures shall not profit the lawless,
    but righteousness shall deliver from death.
    Prov. 10:3
    The Lord will not let a righteous person starve,
    but the life of the impious he will ruin.
    Prov. 10:4
    Poverty makes a man humble,
    but the hands of the vigorous enrich.
    A son who is instructed shall be wise,
    and he will use the fool as a servant.
    Prov. 10:5
    An intelligent son was rescued from heat of the day,
    but a transgressing son is blasted by the wind in harvest time.
    Prov. 10:6
    The blessing of the Lord is upon the head of the righteous,
    but the mouth of the impious will conceal untimely sorrow.
    Prov. 10:7
    The memory of the righteous comes with eulogies,
    but the name of the impious is extinguished.
    Prov. 10:8
    A wise of heart will accept commandments,
    but he who is unable to keep his mouth shut, being crooked,
    will be tripped up.
    Prov. 10:9
    He who walks in integrity walks confidently,
    but he who perverts his ways will be found out.
    Prov. 10:10
    He who winks with his eyes deceitfully garners grief for men,
    but he who reproves openly makes peace.
    Prov. 10:11
    A spring of life is in the hand of a righteous person,
    but destruction covers the mouth of the impious.
    Prov. 10:12
    Hatred stirs up strife,
    but friendship covers all who are not fond of strife.
    Prov. 10:13
    He who produces wisdom from his lips strikes a heartless man with a rod.
    Prov. 10:14
    The wise will conceal perception,
    but the mouth of the reckless brings ruin near.
    Prov. 10:15
    The possessions of the rich are a strong city,
    but poverty is the ruin of the impious.
    Prov. 10:16
    The deeds of the righteous produce life
    but the fruits of the impious sins.
    Prov. 10:17
    Discipline guards the ways of a righteous life,
    but unchastened instruction leads astray.

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