Proverbs 131A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but a a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2From the fruit of his mouth a man b eats what is good,
but the desire of the treacherous c is for violence.
3 d Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
e he who opens wide his lips f comes to ruin.
4 g The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent h is richly supplied.
5The righteous hates falsehood,
but the wicked brings shame ▼
▼Or stenchand disgrace.
6 j Righteousness guards him whose k way is blameless,
but sin overthrows the wicked.
7 l One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
m another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
but a poor man n hears no threat.
9 o The light of the righteous rejoices,
but p the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10 q By insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11 r Wealth gained hastily ▼
▼Or by fraudwill dwindle,
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
t but a desire fulfilled is u a tree of life.
13Whoever v despises w the word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be x rewarded.
14The teaching of the wise is y a fountain of life,
that one may z turn away from the snares of death.
15 aa Good sense wins ab favor,
but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. ▼
▼Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); Hebrew is rugged, or is an enduring rut
16 ad In everything the prudent acts with knowledge,
ae but a fool flaunts his folly.
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but af a faithful envoy brings healing.
18Poverty and disgrace come to him who ag ignores instruction,
ah but whoever ai heeds reproof is honored.
19 aj A 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 ak Disaster ▼
▼Or Evilpursues sinners,
am but the righteous are rewarded with good.
22 an A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
but ao the 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 ap injustice.
24 aq Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. ▼
▼Or who loves him disciplines him early
25 as The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
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