Proverbs 13
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1A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.1A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.2From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
3He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.3Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
4The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.4The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
5A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.5The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
6Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.6Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.
7There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.7One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.8The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.
9The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.9The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.10By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.11Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
12Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.13Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
15Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.15Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.
16Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.
17A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
18Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.18Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
19The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.19A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
20He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.20Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.21Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.
22A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.22A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.23The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.
24He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.24Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
25The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.25The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
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Proverbs 12
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