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 accepts his father's discipline, but a scoffer 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 speech a person eats good things, but the faithless desire the fruit of violence.
3He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.3The one who guards his words guards his life, but whoever is talkative will come to ruin.
4The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.4The appetite of the sluggard craves but gets nothing, but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.
5A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.5The righteous person hates anything false, but the wicked person acts in shameful disgrace.
6Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner.6Righteousness guards the one who lives with integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.7There is one who pretends to be rich and yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor and yet possesses great wealth.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke.8The ransom of a person's life is his wealth, but the poor person 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 goes out.
10By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.10With pride comes only contention, but wisdom is with the well-advised.
11Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.11Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is like a tree of life.
13He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.13The one who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but whoever esteems instruction will be rewarded.
14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.14Instruction from the wise is like a life-giving fountain, to turn a person from deadly snares.
15Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.15Keen insight wins favor, but the conduct of the unfaithful is harsh.
16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.16Every shrewd person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.17An unreliable messenger falls 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.18The one who neglects discipline ends up in poverty and shame, but the one who accepts reproof is honored.
19A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.19A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools abhor turning away from evil.
20He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.20The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
21Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.21Calamity pursues sinners, but prosperity 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 benevolent person leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren, but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.
23Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste.23There is abundant food in the field of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice.
24He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.24The one who spares his rod hates his child, but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining him.
25The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.25The righteous has enough food to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked lacks food.
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