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Proverbs 13 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Wisdom Loves Righteousness
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:1 - A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:2 - A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:3 - He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:4 - The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:5 - A righteous man hates lying,
But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:6 - Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
But wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:7 - There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing;
And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:8 - The ransom of a man’s life is his riches,
But the poor does not hear rebuke.
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 pride comes nothing but strife,
But with the well-advised is wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:11 - Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished,
But he who gathers by labor will increase.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:12 - Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:13 - He who despises the word will be destroyed,
But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:14 - The law of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:15 - Good understanding gains favor,
But the way of the unfaithful is hard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:16 - Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool lays open his folly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:17 - A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
But a faithful ambassador brings health.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:18 - Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction,
But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:19 - A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,
But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:20 - He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:21 - Evil pursues sinners,
But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:22 - A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:23 - Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
And for lack of justice there is waste.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:24 - He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 13:25 - The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul,
But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally what is swept away

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The text of the New King James Version (NKJV) appearing on or deriving from this or any other web page is for personal use only. Any other use of the NKJV must be in conformity with the Quotation Policy for the New King James Version. For more information about the New King James Version, the Quotation Policy, and for inquiries about permission to use the New King James Version, go to Thomas Nelson, Inc..

For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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