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Proverbs 13

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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

13:1 A wise son listens to his fatherís instruction,
but a scoffer doesnít listen to rebuke.

13:2 By the fruit of his lips, a man enjoys good things;
but the unfaithful crave violence.

13:3 He who guards his mouth guards his soul.
One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing,
but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied.

13:5 A righteous man hates lies,
but a wicked man brings shame and disgrace.

13:6 Righteousness guards the way of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

13:7 There are some who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing.
There are some who pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.

13:8 The ransom of a manís life is his riches,
but the poor hear no threats.

13:9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

13:10 Pride only breeds quarrels,
but with ones who take advice is wisdom.

13:11 Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away,
but he who gathers by hand makes it grow.

13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

13:13 Whoever despises instruction will pay for it,
but he who respects a command will be rewarded.

13:14 The teaching of the wise is a spring of life,
to turn from the snares of death.

13:15 Good understanding wins favor;
but the way of the unfaithful is hard.

13:16 Every prudent man acts from knowledge,
but a fool exposes folly.

13:17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a trustworthy envoy gains healing.

13:18 Poverty and shame come to him who refuses discipline,
but he who heeds correction shall be honored.

13:19 Longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.

13:20 One who walks with wise men grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm.

13:21 Misfortune pursues sinners,
but prosperity rewards the righteous.

13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrenís children,
but the wealth of the sinner is stored for the righteous.

13:23 An abundance of food is in poor peopleís fields,
but injustice sweeps it away.

13:24 One who spares the rod hates his son,
but one who loves him is careful to discipline him.

13:25 The righteous one eats to the satisfying of his soul,
but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

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