Proverbs 13
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1A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.1A wise son responds to his father's discipline, but a mocker doesn't listen to rebuke.
2From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.2From the fruit of his mouth, a person will enjoy good things, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.
3Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.3The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
4A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.4The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.
5The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.5The righteous hate lying, but the wicked bring disgust and shame.
6Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.6Righteousness guards people of integrity, but wickedness undermines the sinner.
7One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.7One person pretends to be rich but has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has abundant wealth.
8A person's riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.8Riches are a ransom for a person's life, but a poor person hears no threat.
9The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.9The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is put out.
10Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.10Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.
11Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.11Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.12Hope delayed makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.13The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.
14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.14A wise person's instruction is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.
15Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.15Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous never changes.
16All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.16Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.17A wicked envoy falls into trouble, but a trustworthy courier brings healing.
18Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.18Poverty and disgrace come to those who ignore discipline, but the one who accepts correction will be honored.
19A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.19Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but to turn from evil is detestable to fools.
20Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.20The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
21Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.21Disaster pursues sinners, but good rewards the righteous.
22A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.22A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, but the sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
23An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.23The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food, but without justice, it is swept away.
24Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.24The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.
25The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.25A righteous person eats until he is satisfied, but the stomach of the wicked is empty.
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