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Proverbs 13 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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

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