Proverbs 131A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but aa scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2From the fruit of his mouth a man beats what is good,
but the desire of the treacherous cis for violence.
3 dWhoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
ehe who opens wide his lips fcomes to ruin.
4 gThe soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent his richly supplied.
5The righteous hates falsehood,
but the wicked brings shame ▼
▼Or stenchand disgrace.
6 jRighteousness guards him whose kway is blameless,
but sin overthrows the wicked.
7 lOne pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
manother pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
but a poor man nhears no threat.
9 oThe light of the righteous rejoices,
but pthe lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10 qBy insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11 rWealth gained hastily ▼
▼Or by fraudwill dwindle,
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
tbut a desire fulfilled is ua tree of life.
13Whoever vdespises wthe word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be xrewarded.
14The teaching of the wise is ya fountain of life,
that one may zturn away from the snares of death.
15 aaGood sense wins abfavor,
but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. ▼
▼Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); Hebrew is rugged, or is an enduring rut
16 adEvery prudent man acts with knowledge,
aebut a fool flaunts his folly.
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but afa faithful envoy brings healing.
18Poverty and disgrace come to him who agignores instruction,
ahbut whoever aiheeds reproof is honored.
19 ajA desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
20Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21 akDisaster ▼
▼Or Evilpursues sinners,
ambut the righteous are rewarded with good.
22 anA good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but aothe sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
but it is swept away through apinjustice.
24 aqWhoever spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. ▼
▼Or who loves him disciplines him early
25 asThe righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
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