Proverbs 13

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

A a wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a b scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
From the fruit of a man’s mouth he
Lit eats
d enjoys good,
But the
Lit soul
desire of the treacherous is f violence.
The one who g guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who h opens wide his lips
Lit ruin is his
comes to ruin.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
A righteous man j hates falsehood,
But a wicked man
Lit causes a bad odor and causes shame
l acts disgustingly and shamefully.
Righteousness m guards the
Lit blamelessness of way
one whose way is blameless,
But wickedness subverts the
Lit sin
There is one who p pretends to be rich, but has nothing;
Lit impoverishes himself
pretends to be r poor, but has great wealth.
The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
But the poor hears no rebuke.
The s light of the righteous
I.e. shines brightly
But the u lamp of the wicked goes out.
10 Through insolence
Lit gives
comes nothing but strife,
But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
11 Wealth obtained by
Lit vanity
fraud dwindles,
But the one who gathers
Or gradually; lit on the hand
by labor increases it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire
Lit coming
fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 The one who z despises the word will be
Lit pledged to it
in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be ab rewarded.
14 The
Or law
teaching of the wise is a ad fountain of life,
To turn aside from the ae snares of death.
15  af Good understanding produces favor,
But the way of the treacherous is hard.
16 Every ag prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool
Lit spreads out
displays folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into adversity,
But ai a faithful envoy brings healing.
18 Poverty and shame will come to him who aj neglects
Or instruction
But he who regards reproof will be honored.
19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul,
But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.
20  al He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21  am Adversity pursues sinners,
But the an righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.
22 A good man ao leaves an inheritance to his
Lit sons’ sons
children’s children,
And the aq wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
23  ar Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
Lit there is what is swept
it is swept away by injustice.
24 He who at withholds his
I.e. correction or discipline
rod hates his son,
But he who loves him
Lit seeks him diligently with discipline
aw disciplines him diligently.
25 The ax righteous
Lit eats to the satisfaction of his soul
has enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the az wicked is in need.

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