Proverbs 131A wise son is obedient to his father, but a disobedient son will be destroyed. 2A good man shall eat of the fruits of righteousness, but the lives of transgressors shall perish before their time. 3He that keeps his own mouth keeps his own life, but he that is hasty with his lips shall bring terror upon himself. 4Every slothful man desires, but the hands of the active are diligent. 5A righteous man hates an unjust word, but an ungodly man is ashamed, and will have no confidence. 7There are some who, having nothing, enrich themselves, and there are some who bring themselves down in the midst of much wealth. 8A man's own wealth is the ransom of his life, but the poor does not endure threatening. 9The righteous always have light, but the light of the ungodly is quenched. 9!ACrafty souls go astray in sins, but just men have pity, and are merciful. 10A bad man does evil with insolence, but they that are judges of themselves are wise. 11Wealth gotten hastily with iniquity is diminished, but he that gathers for himself with godliness shall be increased. The righteous man is merciful, and lends. 12Better is he that begins to help heartily, than he that promises and leads another to hope; for a good desire is a tree of life. 13He that slights a matter shall be slighted of it, but he that fears the commandment has health of soul. 13!ATo a crafty son there shall be nothing good, but a wise servant shall have his way prosperous. 14The law of the wise is fountain of life, but the man void of understanding shall die by a snare. 15Sound discretion gives favor, and to know the law is the part of a sound understanding, but the ways of scorners lead to destruction. 16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but the fool displays his own mischief. 17A rash king shall fall into mischief, but a wise messenger shall deliver him. 18Instruction removes poverty and disgrace, but he that attends to reproofs shall be honored. 19The desires of the godly gladden the soul, but the works of the ungodly are far from knowledge. 20If you walk with wise men you shall be wise, but he that walks with fools shall be known. 21Evil shall pursue sinners, but good shall overtake the righteous. 22A good man shall inherit children's children, and the wealth of ungodly men is laid up for the just. 23The righteous shall spend many years in wealth, but the unrighteous shall perish suddenly. 24He that spares the rod hates his son, but he that loves carefully chastens him. 25A just man eats and satisfies his soul, but the souls of the ungodly are in want.
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