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 heeds a father's correction, but a mocker does not 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 fruit of his words a man receives benefit, but the treacherous crave violence.
3He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.3Anyone who guards his words protects his life; anyone who talks too much is ruined.
4The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.4The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.
5A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.5A righteous person hates deceit, but the wicked person is shameful and disgraceful.
6Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner.6Righteousness protects the blameless, but wickedness brings down the sinner.
7There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.7One person pretends to be wealthy, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet is rich.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke.8The life of a wealthy man may be held for ransom, but whoever is poor receives no threats.
9The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.9The light of the righteous shines, but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.
10By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.10Arrogance only brings quarreling, but those receiving advice are wise.
11Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.11Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but whoever works diligently increases his prosperity.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.12Delayed hope makes the heart ill, but fulfilled longing is a tree of life.
13He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.13Anyone who despises a word of advice will pay for it, but whoever heeds a command will be rewarded.
14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.14What the wise have to teach is a fountain of life and causes someone to avoid the snares of death.
15Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.15Good understanding produces grace, but the lifestyle of the treacherous never changes.
16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.16Every sensible person acts from knowledge, but a fool demonstrates folly.
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.17An evil messenger stumbles into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
18Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.18Poverty and shame are for those who ignore correction, but whoever listens to instruction gains honor.
19A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.19Fulfilled longing is sweet to the soul, but avoiding evil is detestable to the fool.
20He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.20Whoever keeps company with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.
21Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.21Disaster pursues the sinful, but good will reward 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 person leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, but the wealth of the wicked is reserved for the righteous.
23Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste.23The field of the poor may produce much food, but it can be swept away through injustice.
24He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.24Whoever does not discipline his son hates him, but whoever loves him is diligent to correct him.
25The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.25A righteous person eats to his heart's content, but the stomach of the wicked remains hungry.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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