Proverbs 13

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1A a  wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a b  scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2From the fruit of a man’s mouth he
Lit eats
d  enjoys good,
But the
Lit soul
desire of the treacherous is f  violence.
3The one who g  guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who h  opens wide his lips
Lit ruin is his
comes to ruin.
4The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
5A righteous man j  hates falsehood,
But a wicked man
Lit causes a bad odor and causes shame
l  acts disgustingly and shamefully.
6Righteousness m  guards the
Lit blamelessness of way
one whose way is blameless,
But wickedness subverts the
Lit sin
7There is one who p  pretends to be rich, but has nothing;
Lit impoverishes himself
pretends to be r  poor, but has great wealth.
8The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
But the poor hears no rebuke.
9The s  light of the righteous
I.e. shines brightly
But the u  lamp of the wicked goes out.
10Through insolence
Lit gives
comes nothing but strife,
But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
11Wealth obtained by
Lit vanity
fraud dwindles,
But the one who gathers
Or gradually; lit on the hand
by labor increases it.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire
Lit coming
fulfilled is a tree of life.
13The 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.
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.
16Every ag  prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool
Lit spreads out
displays folly.
17A wicked messenger falls into adversity,
But ai  a faithful envoy brings healing.
18Poverty and shame will come to him who aj  neglects
Or instruction
But he who regards reproof will be honored.
19Desire 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.
22A 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.
24He 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.
25The 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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