Proverbs 10

Proverbs 10 takes a bit of a different approach to sharing wisdom.  There are 32 verses and almost each one is a contrast between good and bad.  Solomon writes positive and negative, pro and con, for 32 different areas of life.  There are a few verses that don’t have “but” as the connector.  Two use the word and, so they are unique.  And four have no word in the middle to separate thoughts, but they are primarily contrasts as well.

Solomon seems to be reinforcing there are consequences to what we do and how we live.  And there is a choice to be made – will be do the positive or negative action or activity.  There is a resulting outcome of how we choose to live.  Decisions do have a consequence.  And so we need to consider the differences and consider carefully how we want to live.  Rather than try and summarize the truth in some fancy way, I decided just to format it and encourage you to read what God has written to us about the choices we need to ponder carefully.  Our choices matter – not just to us – but to those in our patch.


Verse Statement But Contrast
1 A wise son makes a glad father But a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother
2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit But righteousness delivers from death
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry But he thwarts the craving of the wicked
4 A slack hand causes poverty But the hand of the diligent makes rich
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing But the name of the wicked will rot
8 The wise of heart will receive commandments But a babbling fool will come to ruin
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely But he who makes his ways crooked will be found out
10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble But a babbling fool will come to ruin
11 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence
12 Hatred stirs up strife None love covers all offenses
13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found But a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense
14 The wise lay-up knowledge But but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near
15 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city None the poverty of the poor is their ruin
16 The wage of the righteous leads to life None the gain of the wicked to sin
17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life But he who rejects reproof leads others astray
18 he one who conceals hatred has lying lips And whoever utters slander is a fool
19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking But whoever restrains his lips is prudent
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver None the heart of the wicked is of little worth
21 The lips of the righteous feed many But fools die for lack of sense
22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich And he adds no sorrow with it
23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool But wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding
24 What the wicked dreads will come upon him But the desire of the righteous will be granted
25 When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous is established forever
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes None so is the sluggard to those who send him
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs life But the years of the wicked will be short
28 The hope of the righteous brings joy But the expectation of the wicked will perish
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless But destruction to evildoers
30 The righteous will never be removed But the wicked will not dwell in the land
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom But the perverse tongue will be cut off
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable But the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse

Consider well the truth of God’s Word.  Our choices really do matter.

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