Proverbs 13
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1A wise son listens to his father's discipline, but a mocker does not listen to reprimands.

2A person eats well as a result of his speaking ability, but the appetite of treacherous people [craves] violence.

3Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin.

4A lazy person craves food and there is none, but the appetite of hard-working people is satisfied.

5A righteous person hates lying, but a wicked person behaves with shame and disgrace.

6Righteousness protects the honest way of life, but wickedness ruins a sacrifice for sin.

7One person pretends to be rich but has nothing. Another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.

8A person's riches are the ransom for his life, but the poor person does not pay attention to threats.

9The light of righteous people beams brightly, but the lamp of wicked people will be snuffed out.

10Arrogance produces only quarreling, but those who take advice gain wisdom.

11Wealth [gained] through injustice dwindles away, but whoever gathers little by little has plenty.

12Delayed hope makes one sick at heart, but a fulfilled longing is a tree of life.

13Whoever despises [God's] words will pay the penalty, but the one who fears [God's] commands will be rewarded.

14The teachings of a wise person are a fountain of life to turn [one] away from the grasp of death.

15Good sense brings favor, but the way of treacherous people is always the same.

16Any sensible person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays stupidity.

17An undependable messenger gets into trouble, but a dependable envoy brings healing.

18Poverty and shame come to a person who ignores discipline, but whoever pays attention to constructive criticism will be honored.

19A fulfilled desire is sweet to the soul, but turning from evil is disgusting to fools.

20Whoever walks with wise people will be wise, but whoever associates with fools will suffer.

21Disaster hunts down sinners, but righteous people are rewarded with good.

22Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the wealth of sinners is stored away for a righteous person.

23When poor people are able to plow, there is much food, but a person is swept away where there is no justice.

24Whoever refuses to spank his son hates him, but whoever loves his son disciplines him from early on.

25A righteous person eats to satisfy his appetite, but the bellies of wicked people are always empty.

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