Proverbs 13

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A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. (Ps 1:1; Pr 1:22) From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. (Pr 1:31; Pr 12:14; Pr 26:6) Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (Pr 12:13; Pr 18:7; Pr 18:21; Pr 20:19; Pr 21:23; Jas 3:2) The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (Pr 6:9; Pr 11:25) The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame[1] and disgrace. Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked. (Pr 11:3; Pr 11:5; Pr 11:20) One pretends to be rich,[2] yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor,[3] yet has great wealth. (Pr 11:24; Lu 12:21; Lu 12:33; 2Co 6:10; Jas 2:5; Re 3:17) The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat. (Pr 13:1) The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. (Job 18:5; Job 29:3) 10 By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. (Pr 28:25) 11 Wealth gained hastily[4] will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. (Pr 10:2; Pr 20:21; Pr 21:6; Pr 28:20; Pr 28:22) 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (Pr 3:18; Pr 13:19) 13 Whoever despises the word[5] brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment[6] will be rewarded. (Nu 15:31; De 30:14; 2Ch 36:16; Pr 13:21; Pr 16:20; Pr 19:16) 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. (Ps 18:5; Pr 10:11; Pr 14:27; 2Ti 2:26) 15 Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.[7] (Ps 111:10; Pr 3:4; Pr 22:1; Lu 2:52) 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. (Pr 12:23; Pr 15:2; Pr 18:2; Ec 10:3) 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. (Pr 14:5; Pr 25:13) 18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored. (Pr 15:5; Pr 15:31) 19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. (Pr 13:12) 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21 Disaster[8] pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. (Ps 11:6; Ps 32:10; Pr 13:13; Lu 6:38) 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. (Ezr 9:12; Job 27:16; Ps 37:25; Pr 28:8) 23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. (Pr 16:8) 24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.[9] (Pr 19:18; Pr 22:15; Pr 23:13; Pr 29:15; Pr 29:17) 25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want. (Pr 10:3)