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Proverbs 13


Proverbs 13

[1] A wise son hears his father's instruction,
but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
[2] From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,
but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
[3] Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
[4] The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
[5] The righteous hates falsehood,
but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
[6] Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
but sin overthrows the wicked.
[7] One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
[8] The ransom of a man's life is his wealth,
but a poor man hears no threat.
[9] The light of the righteous rejoices,
but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
[10] By insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
[11] Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
[12] Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
[13] Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
[14] The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
[15] Good sense wins favor,
but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.
[16] Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
but a fool flaunts his folly.
[17] A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a faithful envoy brings healing.
[18] Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
[19] A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
[20] Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
[21] Disaster pursues sinners,
but the righteous are rewarded with good.
[22] A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children,
but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.
[23] The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
but it is swept away through injustice.
[24] Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
[25] The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want. (ESV)