Proverbs 13
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1A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.1A wise son responds to his father's discipline, but a mocker doesn't listen to rebuke.
2A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.2From the words of his mouth, a man will enjoy good things, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.
3He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.3The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
4The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.4The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.
5A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.5The righteous hate lying, but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.
6Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner.6Righteousness guards people of integrity, but wickedness undermines the sinner.
7There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.7One man pretends to be rich but has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke.8Riches are a ransom for a man's life, but a poor man hears no threat.
9The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.9The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is put out.
10By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.10Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.
11Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.11Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.12Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.
13He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.13The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.
14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.14A wise man's instruction is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.
15Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.15Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous never changes.
16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.16Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy courier brings healing.
18Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.18Poverty and disgrace come to those who ignore discipline, but the one who accepts correction will be honored.
19A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.19Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but to turn from evil is an abomination to fools.
20He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.20The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
21Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.21Disaster pursues sinners, but good rewards the righteous.
22A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner 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.
23Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste.23The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food, but without justice, it is swept away.
24He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.24The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.
25The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.25A righteous man eats until he is satisfied, but the stomach of the wicked is empty.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
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