Proverbs Chapter 13 |
1A wise son—it is through the discipline of his father;
A scoffer—he never heard reproof.
2A man enjoys good from the fruit of his speech;
But out of the throat of the treacherous comes lawlessness.
3He who guards his tongue preserves his life;
He who opens wide his lips, it is his ruin.
4A lazy man craves, but has nothing;
The diligent shall feast on rich fare.
5A righteous man hates lies;
The wicked man is vile and disgraceful.
6Righteousness protects him whose way is blameless;
Wickedness subverts the sinner.
7One man pretends to be rich and has nothing;
Another professes to be poor and has much wealth.
8Riches are ransom for a man’s life,
The poor never heard a reproof.
9The light of the righteous is radiant;
The lamp of the wicked is extinguished.
10Arrogance yields nothing but strife;
Wisdom belongs to those who seek advice.
11Wealth may dwindle to less than nothing,
But he who gathers little by little increases it.
12Hope deferred sickens the heart,
But desire realized is a tree of life.
13He who disdains a precept will be injured thereby;
He who respects a command will be rewarded.
14The instruction of a wise man is a fountain of life,
Enabling one to avoid deadly snares.
15Good sense wins favor;
The way of treacherous men is unchanging.
16Every clever man acts knowledgeably,
But a dullard exposes his stupidity.
17Harm befalls a wicked messenger;
A faithful courier brings healing.
18Poverty and humiliation are for him who spurns discipline;
But he who takes reproof to heart gets honor.
19Desire realized is sweet to the soul;
To turn away from evil is abhorrent to the stupid.
20He who keeps company with the wise becomes wise,
But he who consorts with dullards comes to grief.
21Misfortune pursues sinners,
But the righteous are well rewarded.
22A good man has what to bequeath to his grandchildren,
For the wealth of sinners is stored up for the righteous.
23The tillage of the poor yields much food;
But substance is swept away for lack of moderation.
24He who spares the rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him early.
25The righteous man eats to his heart’s content,
But the belly of the wicked is empty.