October 15

Reading: Proverbs 10

1  The proverbs of Solomon.


   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, and a babbling fool will come to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up strife, but 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 the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

15 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

16 The wage of the righteous leads to life, 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 The 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; 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, 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.


The collection of proverbs that begins in chapter 10 does not have the organization that we have gotten used to in the first nine chapters.  Beginning here through the rest of the book we will mostly be reading two-line sayings on how to live life.  Sometimes a series of such sayings will be grouped together to communicate a message.  But no longer will chapters be organized around a single message.

I want to remind you again that there is a right way and a wrong way to read this book.  Do not read these proverbs as instruction on how to be righteous so that God will accept you.  That would be to read them as a Pharisee.  No.  These proverbs are instruction from the Lord on how to live because He has made us His own.  This is all instruction on how to live the joy-filled life in Jesus.  And we need the instruction.  We human beings are really good at doing dumb things.

The book of Proverbs helps us not do dumb things.

As you read pick out a few of the sayings, maybe just one, to write down or memorize to take with you throughout the day.  Some personal reflections:

vs. 7    I have done a few funerals where the truth of this is evident.

vs. 8    I do not want to be a babbling fool. Oh Lord, help me to not babble.

vs. 11   Like verse 6, the wicked are nice to your face, and then they hurt you.

vs. 12   “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

vs. 17   The person who doesn’t learn should not lead.

vs. 19   Social media and texting come to mind.

vs. 26   A humorous picture. It is truly irritating when you ask someone to do something, and they do it lazy.