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 heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.2A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.3He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.4The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.5A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner.6Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.7There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke.8The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.9The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.10Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.11Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.12Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
13He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.13Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.15Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.16Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.17A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
18Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.18Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.19The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.20He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.21Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
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 leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
23Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste.23Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
24He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.24He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.25The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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