Contrast the Upright and the Wicked1 A a wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a b scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of a man’s mouth he ▼
▼ Lit eats, d enjoys good,
But the ▼
▼ Lit souldesire of the treacherous is f violence.
3 The one who g guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who h opens wide his lips ▼
▼ Lit ruin is hiscomes to ruin.
4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
5 A righteous man j hates falsehood,
But a wicked man ▼
▼ Lit causes a bad odor and causes shame, l acts disgustingly and shamefully.
6 Righteousness m guards the ▼
▼ Lit blamelessness of wayone whose way is blameless,
But wickedness subverts the ▼
▼ Lit sinsinner.
7 There is one who p pretends to be rich, but has nothing;
▼ Lit impoverishes himselfpretends to be r poor, but has great wealth.
8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
But the poor hears no rebuke.
9 The s light of the righteous ▼
▼ I.e. shines brightlyrejoices,
But the u lamp of the wicked goes out.
10 Through insolence ▼
▼ Lit givescomes nothing but strife,
But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
11 Wealth obtained by ▼
▼ Lit vanityfraud dwindles,
But the one who gathers ▼
▼ Or gradually; lit on the handby labor increases it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire ▼
▼ Lit comingfulfilled is a tree of life.
13 The one who z despises the word will be ▼
▼ Lit pledged to itin debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be ab rewarded.
14 The ▼
▼ Or lawteaching 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 outdisplays 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 instructiondiscipline,
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’ sonschildren’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 sweptit is swept away by injustice.
24 He who at withholds his ▼
▼ I.e. correction or disciplinerod 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 soulhas enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the az wicked is in need.
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