Proverbs 10: Wise Sayings

What can children do to make their parents proud?

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Proverbs 10:1 The wise sayings of Solomon.
Wise children bring joy to those who brought them life, but the foolish bring regret that they were born.
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Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

If we are saved by grace and not works, how does righteousness save a person’s life?

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Proverbs 10:2 The pleasures of sin have no lasting benefit, but righteousness can save your life.
James 2:14–17 My friends, what good is a declaration of faith if you don’t have the actions that show you really believe? Can words alone save you? Suppose a brother or sister has no coat and nothing to eat. If people say, “You have my blessing. Go in peace and be warm and satisfied,” but they do nothing to help, what did they gain? So you see, a declaration of faith alone is dead without the actions that give it life.
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Proverbs 10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
James 2:14–17 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Why will the hunger of the wicked never be satisfied?

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Proverbs 10:3 God won’t let the righteous starve to death, but the hunger of the wicked will never be satisfied.
Luke 12:18–21 ‘I know. I will tear down my granaries and build bigger ones in their place. Then I will have enough room for all my goods, and I can tell myself, Now you can relax and enjoy life because you have saved enough to last for many years. Eat, drink, and be merry. But God said, ‘You fool! Tonight, you will die, so what good is all the wealth you have accumulated?’ This is what happens to all who store treasure for themselves and are not rich toward God in their giving.
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Proverbs 10:3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
Luke 12:18–21 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

How much value should we place upon hard work?

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Proverbs 10:4–5 The lazy create nothing of value, but hard workers see the benefit of their labor. During harvest time, the wise are in the fields at sunrise. Sleeping late is a disgrace.
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Proverbs 10:4–5 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

What are the consequences of harsh words spoken? Might they sometimes be necessary and beneficial? Why?

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Proverbs 10:6 Words of encouragement are a blessing, but those who spout harsh, abusive words will wish they had never opened their mouths.
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Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Why are the righteous more likely to be remembered than the wicked? How can the offenses of the wicked be forgotten?

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Proverbs 10:7 The righteous will be remembered for their kindness, but the wicked are soon forgotten.
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Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Why are people sometimes reluctant to ask directions?

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Proverbs 10:8 Accepting direction is wise, but talking with our minds out of gear takes us nowhere.
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Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

How well do people recognize hypocrisy? Why might it not be recognized?

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Proverbs 10:9 With a pure heart, we can live in confidence. Our hypocrisy won’t keep people from sensing who we really are.
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Proverbs 10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

Is there ever a time when we should wink at wrongdoing? Why?

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Proverbs 10:10 Those who wink at wrongdoing are asking for trouble, and foolish talk is destructive.
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Proverbs 10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

How can the teaching of the righteous be distinguished from the speech of the wicked when they both sound good?

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Proverbs 10:11 The teaching of the righteous is an overflowing spring of life, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.
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Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Is there ever a time when we should not be forgiving?

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Proverbs 10:12 Hatred picks a fight, but love forgives the wrongs that people do.
Matthew 18:21–22 Simon Peter said to Jesus, “How often should I forgive someone who has wronged me? Seven times?”
“No, that is not enough. Until seventy-seven times, you should keep forgiving.”
Luke 17:4 “If he offends you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day he turns to you and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
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Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
Matthew 18:21–22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

How can people know when to speak up?

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Proverbs 10:13 Wise people know when to speak and what to say, but ignorant people should be taught to keep quiet.
Colossians 4:6 Be gracious with your stories, flavoring your message with that which will answer the hunger in everyone’s heart.
King James
Proverbs 10:13 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.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Is there ever a time when we should quit learning? Why?

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Proverbs 10:14 Wise people keep learning and avoid the destruction of foolish talk.
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Proverbs 10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

How might people think they are secure when they really aren’t?

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Proverbs 10:15 Rich people feel secure in their wealth. Because they have nothing, the poor think they can’t succeed.
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Proverbs 10:15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

If abundance comes from doing good, why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people?

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Proverbs 10:16 Abundance in life comes from doing good, but the consequence of wrongdoing is sin and death.
Matthew 5:45 Your Father in Heaven causes the sun to rise on the evil as well as the good. He sends rain on both the righteous and unrighteous. You should show kindness as he does.
Acts 10:34 “Without a doubt,” Peter said, “I am convinced that God has no favorites among people.”
King James
Proverbs 10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

What makes correction difficult to accept?

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Proverbs 10:17 Accept correction and find the way to life. Refuse correction and lose your way.
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Proverbs 10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

What is the difference between lying and slander?

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Proverbs 10:18 Both lying and slander are foolish, concealing how you really feel.
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Proverbs 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Why might sinful people be prone to talk too much?

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Proverbs 10:19 Sinful people talk too much, but the prudent know when to keep quiet.
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Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

What gives the words of the righteous their value?

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Proverbs 10:20–21 The words of the righteous are precious, like silver, but wicked hearts offer nothing of value.
Righteous people say things that help people grow and be healthy, but the foolish will die for lack of good sense.
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Proverbs 10:20–21 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

How do riches from the Lord compare with what the world has to give?

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Proverbs 10:22 The Lord blesses people with riches that can’t be earned with hard work.
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Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

What are the main motivators that lead people to do what they choose to do?

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Proverbs 10:23 Stupid people enjoy doing stupid, wicked things, but smart people delight in the wisdom of doing what is right.
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Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

What factors determine whether a dream will or will not be fulfilled?

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Proverbs 10:24 Evil people become victims of what they fear, but the righteous will see their dreams fulfilled.
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Proverbs 10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

What unshakeable foundation do the righteous stand upon?

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Proverbs 10:25 When the violent storm comes, the wicked will be swept away, but the righteous will remain standing on an unshakeable foundation.
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Proverbs 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

Why are some people lazy? How much do work incentives help their productivity?

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Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar has a biting taste and smoke stings the eyes, so are lazy people who are sent to do work.
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Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

How does respect or disrespect for the Lord either lengthen or shorten our lives?

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Proverbs 10:27 Respect for the Lord and his ways will extend your life, but the wicked can look forward to fewer years.
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Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

In what ways does hope for the righteous differ from hope for the wicked?

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Proverbs 10:28–29 The righteous can rejoice in their future, but the wicked have nothing to hope for.
The way of the Lord is strength for those who do right and destruction for the wrongdoers.
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Proverbs 10:28–29 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

When will the wicked be uprooted from the earth?

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Proverbs 10:30 The wicked will be uprooted from the earth, and the righteous will remain.
Matthew 13:25–30 “While everyone slept, his adversary sowed weeds among the wheat and slipped away, unseen. As the wheat grew and developed its heads of grain, the weeds also grew. The workers said to the farmer, ‘Didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy has done this.’
“‘Do you want us to pull the weeds?’ they said.
“‘No. While you are pulling the weeds you might uproot some of the wheat. Let them both grow until harvest time. Then I will tell the reapers to bundle the weeds, burn them, and bring the wheat into my barn.'”
Matthew 24:40–42 Two men will be working in the field. One will be taken, the other left behind. Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken, the other left behind. Always be watching, because you do not know when your Lord will come.
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Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
Matthew 13:25–30 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.
The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Matthew 24:40–42 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Why are deceitful words given such a strong voice?

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Proverbs 10:31–32From the mouths of the righteous come words of wisdom, but the deceitful tongue should be silenced.
A righteous teacher’s lips speak truth that the student can accept, but the wicked twist the truth and spin lies to deceive.
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Proverbs 10:31–32 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.