Proverbs 10
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Listen to this chapter in Hebrew:

1  The proverbs of Shlomo: A wise son brings joy to his father; A dull son is his mother’s sorrow.

א  מִשְׁלֵי שְׁלֹמֹה בֵּן חָכָם יְשַׂמַּח־אָב וּבֵן כְּסִיל תּוּגַת אִמּוֹ׃

2  Ill-gotten wealth is of no avail, But righteousness saves from death.

ב  לֹא־יוֹעִילוּ אוֹצְרוֹת רֶשַׁע וּצְדָקָה תַּצִּיל מִמָּוֶת׃

3  Hashem will not let the righteous go hungry, But He denies the wicked what they crave.

ג  לֹא־יַרְעִיב יְהוָה נֶפֶשׁ צַדִּיק וְהַוַּת רְשָׁעִים יֶהְדֹּף׃

4  Negligent hands cause poverty, But diligent hands enrich.

ד  רָאשׁ עֹשֶׂה כַף־רְמִיָּה וְיַד חָרוּצִים תַּעֲשִׁיר׃

5  He who lays in stores during the summer is a capable son, But he who sleeps during the harvest is an incompetent.

ה  אֹגֵר בַּקַּיִץ בֵּן מַשְׂכִּיל נִרְדָּם בַּקָּצִיר בֵּן מֵבִישׁ׃

6  Blessings light upon the head of the righteous, But lawlessness covers the mouth of the wicked.

ו  בְּרָכוֹת לְרֹאשׁ צַדִּיק וּפִי רְשָׁעִים יְכַסֶּה חָמָס׃

7  The name of the righteous is invoked in blessing, But the fame of the wicked rots.

ז  זֵכֶר צַדִּיק לִבְרָכָה וְשֵׁם רְשָׁעִים יִרְקָב׃

8  He whose heart is wise accepts commands, But he whose speech is foolish comes to grief.

ח  חֲכַם־לֵב יִקַּח מִצְוֺת וֶאֱוִיל שְׂפָתַיִם יִלָּבֵט׃

9  He who lives blamelessly lives safely, But he who walks a crooked path will be found out.

ט  הוֹלֵךְ בַּתֹּם יֵלֶךְ בֶּטַח וּמְעַקֵּשׁ דְּרָכָיו יִוָּדֵעַ׃

10  He who winks his eye causes sorrow; He whose speech is foolish comes to grief.

י  קֹרֵץ עַיִן יִתֵּן עַצָּבֶת וֶאֱוִיל שְׂפָתַיִם יִלָּבֵט׃

11  The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But lawlessness covers the mouth of the wicked.

יא  מְקוֹר חַיִּים פִּי צַדִּיק וּפִי רְשָׁעִים יְכַסֶּה חָמָס׃

12  Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers up all faults.

יב  שִׂנְאָה תְּעוֹרֵר מְדָנִים וְעַל כָּל־פְּשָׁעִים תְּכַסֶּה אַהֲבָה׃

13  Wisdom is to be found on the lips of the intelligent, But a rod is ready for the back of the senseless.

יג  בְּשִׂפְתֵי נָבוֹן תִּמָּצֵא חָכְמָה וְשֵׁבֶט לְגֵו חֲסַר־לֵב׃

14  The wise store up knowledge; The mouth of the fool is an imminent ruin.

יד  חֲכָמִים יִצְפְּנוּ־דָעַת וּפִי־אֱוִיל מְחִתָּה קְרֹבָה׃

15  The wealth of a rich man is his fortress; The poverty of the poor is his ruin.

טו  הוֹן עָשִׁיר קִרְיַת עֻזּוֹ מְחִתַּת דַּלִּים רֵישָׁם׃

16  The labor of the righteous man makes for life; The produce of the wicked man makes for want.

טז  פְּעֻלַּת צַדִּיק לְחַיִּים תְּבוּאַת רָשָׁע לְחַטָּאת׃

17  He who follows discipline shows the way to life, But he who ignores reproof leads astray.

יז  אֹרַח לְחַיִּים שׁוֹמֵר מוּסָר וְעוֹזֵב תּוֹכַחַת מַתְעֶה׃

18  He who conceals hatred has lying lips, While he who speaks forth slander is a dullard.

יח  מְכַסֶּה שִׂנְאָה שִׂפְתֵי־שָׁקֶר וּמוֹצִא דִבָּה הוּא כְסִיל׃

19  Where there is much talking, there is no lack of transgressing, But he who curbs his tongue shows sense.

יט  בְּרֹב דְּבָרִים לֹא יֶחְדַּל־פָּשַׁע וְחֹשֵׂךְ שְׂפָתָיו מַשְׂכִּיל׃

20  The tongue of a righteous man is choice silver, But the mind of the wicked is of little worth.

כ  כֶּסֶף נִבְחָר לְשׁוֹן צַדִּיק לֵב רְשָׁעִים כִּמְעָט׃

21  The lips of the righteous sustain many, But fools die for lack of sense.

כא  שִׂפְתֵי צַדִּיק יִרְעוּ רַבִּים וֶאֱוִילִים בַּחֲסַר־לֵב יָמוּתוּ׃

22  It is the blessing of Hashem that enriches, And no toil can increase it.

bir-KAT a-do-NAI HEE ta-a-SHEER v’-LO yo-SIF E-tzev i-MAH

כב  בִּרְכַּת יְהוָה הִיא תַעֲשִׁיר וְלֹא־יוֹסִף עֶצֶב עִמָּהּ׃

10:22   It is the blessing of Hashem that enriches

In Sefer Devarim (11:10-12), the Torah describes how the Promised Land is different from Egypt. In Egypt, one could water his crops from the Nile by using his foot to easily direct water to his fields, but in the land of Israel, the eyes of Hashem are on the land. It is only through His blessings, as our verse says, that the land enriches and provides its fruits. Modern Israel has compensated for its lack of natural water resources and limited rainfall through great technological breakthroughs such as water recycling and desalination. Nevertheless, we must always remember that even with great technology and innovation, “it is the blessing of Hashem that enriches.”Comment

23  As mischief is sport for the dullard, So is wisdom for the man of understanding.

כג  כִּשְׂחוֹק לִכְסִיל עֲשׂוֹת זִמָּה וְחָכְמָה לְאִישׁ תְּבוּנָה׃

24  What the wicked man plots overtakes him; What the righteous desire is granted.

כד  מְגוֹרַת רָשָׁע הִיא תְבוֹאֶנּוּ וְתַאֲוַת צַדִּיקִים יִתֵּן׃

25  When the storm passes the wicked man is gone, But the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

כה  כַּעֲבוֹר סוּפָה וְאֵין רָשָׁע וְצַדִּיק יְסוֹד עוֹלָם׃

26  Like vinegar to the teeth, Like smoke to the eyes, Is a lazy man to those who send him on a mission.

כו  כַּחֹמֶץ לַשִּׁנַּיִם וְכֶעָשָׁן לָעֵינָיִם כֵּן הֶעָצֵל לְשֹׁלְחָיו׃

27  The fear of Hashem prolongs life, While the years of the wicked will be shortened.

כז  יִרְאַת יְהוָה תּוֹסִיף יָמִים וּשְׁנוֹת רְשָׁעִים תִּקְצֹרְנָה׃

28  The righteous can look forward to joy, But the hope of the wicked is doomed.

כח  תּוֹחֶלֶת צַדִּיקִים שִׂמְחָה וְתִקְוַת רְשָׁעִים תֹּאבֵד׃

29  The way of Hashem is a stronghold for the blameless, But a ruin for evildoers.

כט  מָעוֹז לַתֹּם דֶּרֶךְ יְהוָה וּמְחִתָּה לְפֹעֲלֵי אָוֶן׃

30  The righteous will never be shaken; The wicked will not inhabit the earth.

ל  צַדִּיק לְעוֹלָם בַּל־יִמּוֹט וּרְשָׁעִים לֹא יִשְׁכְּנוּ־אָרֶץ׃

31  The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, But the treacherous tongue shall be cut off.

לא  פִּי־צַדִּיק יָנוּב חָכְמָה וּלְשׁוֹן תַּהְפֻּכוֹת תִּכָּרֵת׃

32  The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing; The mouth of the wicked [knows] duplicity.

 

לב  שִׂפְתֵי צַדִּיק יֵדְעוּן רָצוֹן וּפִי רְשָׁעִים תַּהְפֻּכוֹת׃

Please login to get access to the quiz
Proverbs 9
Proverbs 11

Comments ( 4 )

The comments below do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and opinions of The Israel Bible™.

  • “It is only through His blessings, as our verse says, that the land provides its fruits.” From the comment to verse 22 above. This is why King Solomon in his wisdom and final repentance, says Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, (commenting on chapter 30 vs. 7-9), prays, “Provide my needs so I will be neither poor nor rich, lest I become haughty and deny God or so poor that I steal, lie and take His name in vain. How can we, together with All-Israel, learn the wisdom of this repentance, even if it only an hour out of our whole life time, where we completely trust G-d alone to provide all our needs body and soul? May the Land of Israel teach faith in G-d to all nations.

  • “It is only through His blessings, as our verse says, that the land provides its fruits.” From the comment to verse 22 above. Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, (commenting on chapter 30 vs. 7-9), brings out that the understanding of this subject in chapter 30 is King Solomon speaking in his later years, when his wisdom has become the wisdom of repentance. Solomon prays, “Provide my needs so I will be neither poor nor rich, lest I become haughty and deny God or so poor that I steal, lie and take His name in vain.” How can we, together with All-Israel, learn the wisdom of this repentance, even if it only an hour out of our whole life time, where we completely trust G-d alone to provide all our needs body and soul? May the Land of Israel teach faith in G-d to all nations.

  • Max thank you for your comment. I needed that today. Trusting in G-d above all situations whether blessings or hardships. As an American it is so difficult to let go of the current election and let G-d do His work( what America deserves for her sins), whether we suffer for His name as our rights are taken away or living everyday becomes difficult we must trust.

Post a Reply

 

Proverbs 10

Skip to toolbar