Proverbs 131A wise son is a lover of teaching, but the ears of the haters of authority are shut to sharp words. 2A man will get good from the fruit of his lips, but the desire of the false is for violent acts. 3He who keeps a watch on his mouth keeps his life; but he whose lips are open wide will have destruction. 4The hater of work does not get his desires, but the soul of the hard workers will be made fat. 5The upright man is a hater of false words: the evil-doer gets a bad name and is put to shame. 6Righteousness keeps safe him whose way is without error, but evil-doers are overturned by sin. 7A man may be acting as if he had wealth, but have nothing; another may seem poor, but have great wealth. 8A man will give his wealth in exchange for his life; but the poor will not give ear to sharp words. 9There is a glad dawn for the upright man, but the light of the sinner will be put out. 10The only effect of pride is fighting; but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit. 11Wealth quickly got will become less; but he who gets a store by the work of his hands will have it increased. 12Hope put off is a weariness to the heart; but when what is desired comes, it is a tree of life. 13He who makes sport of the word will come to destruction, but the respecter of the law will be rewarded. 14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning men away from the nets of death. 15Wise behaviour gets approval, but the way of the false is their destruction. 16A sharp man does everything with knowledge, but a foolish man makes clear his foolish thoughts. 17A man taking false news is a cause of trouble, but he who gives news rightly makes things well. 18Need and shame will be the fate of him who is uncontrolled by training; but he who takes note of teaching will be honoured. 19To get one's desire is sweet to the soul, but to give up evil is disgusting to the foolish. 20Go with wise men and be wise: but he who keeps company with the foolish will be broken. 21Evil will overtake sinners, but the upright will be rewarded with good. 22The heritage of the good man is handed down to his children's children; and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the upright man. 23There is much food in the ploughed land of the poor; but it is taken away by wrongdoing. 24He who keeps back his rod is unkind to his son: the loving father gives punishment with care. 25The upright man has food to the full measure of his desire, but there will be no food for the stomach of evil-doers.
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