Proverbs 131A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke. 2A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the treacherous, violence. 3He who guards his mouth keeps his life. He who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 4The soul of the sluggard desires, and has 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. 6Righteousness guards him who is upright in the way, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. 7There is he who makes himself rich, yet has nothing, and he who makes himself poor, yet has great wealth. 8The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor hears no threatening. 9The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 10Through pride a vain man causes contention, but wisdom is with the well-advised. 11Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he who gathers by labor shall have increase. 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. 13He who despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who fears the commandment shall be rewarded. 14The law of a wise man is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. 15Good understanding gives favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard. 16Every prudent man works with knowledge, but a fool flaunts folly. 17A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador is health. 18Poverty and shame are to him who refuses correction, but he who regards reproof shall be honored. 19The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. 20Walk with wise men, and thou shall be wise. But the companion of fools shall smart for it. 21Evil pursues sinners, but the righteous shall be recompensed with good. 22A good man leaves an inheritance to his son's sons, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous. 23Much food is in the tillage of the poor, but there is that is consumed because of injustice. 24He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him promptly. 25A righteous man eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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