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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (2013 REVISION)

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Proverbs 13:1-25

OUTLINE OF CONTENTS

  • Those who seek advice are wise (10)

  • Hope delayed makes the heart sick (12)

  • A faithful envoy brings healing (17)

  • Walking with the wise makes one wise (20)

  • Discipline, an expression of love (24)

13  A wise son accepts his father’s discipline,+ But the scoffer does not listen to a rebuke.*+ 2   From the fruitage of his speech* a man will eat what is good,+ But the very desire* of the treacherous is for violence. 3   The one guarding his mouth* protects his life,*+ But the one opening his lips wide will come to ruin.+ 4   The lazy person has his cravings, yet he* has nothing,+ But the diligent one* will be fully satisfied.*+ 5   The righteous one hates lies,+ But the actions of the wicked bring shame and disgrace. 6   Righteousness protects the one whose way is innocent,+ But wickedness brings down the sinner. 7   There is one who pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;+ There is another who pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8   Riches are the ransom for a man’s life,*+ But the poor are not even threatened.*+ 9   The light of the righteous shines brightly,*+ But the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.+ 10  Presumptuousness leads only to strife,+ But wisdom belongs to those who seek advice.*+ 11  Wealth quickly gained* will dwindle,+ But the wealth of the one who gathers it little by little* will increase. 12  Expectation* postponed makes the heart sick,+ But a desire realized is a tree of life.+ 13  Whoever despises instruction* will pay the penalty,+ But the one who respects the commandment will be rewarded.+ 14  The teaching* of the wise one is a source of life+ To turn one away from the snares of death. 15  Keen insight wins favor,
But the way of the treacherous is harsh.
16  The shrewd person acts with knowledge,+ But the fool exposes his own foolishness.+ 17  A wicked messenger falls into trouble,+ But a faithful envoy brings healing.+ 18  Whoever neglects discipline comes to poverty and disgrace,
But the one accepting correction* will be glorified.+
19  Desire when realized is sweet to a person,*+ But the stupid hate to turn away from bad.+ 20  The one walking with the wise will become wise,+ But the one who has dealings with the stupid will fare badly.+ 21  Calamity pursues sinners,+ But prosperity rewards the righteous.+ 22  The good person leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren,
But the sinner’s wealth will be stored up for the righteous one.+
23  The plowed field of the poor yields much food,
But it* may be swept away by injustice.
24  Whoever holds back his rod* hates his son,+ But the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.*+ 25  The righteous one eats and satisfies his appetite,*+ But the stomach of the wicked is empty.+

Footnotes

Or “correction.”
Lit., “mouth.”
Or “soul.”
Or “what he says.”
Or “soul.”
Or “his soul.”
Or “soul.”
Lit., “will be made fat.”
Or “soul.”
Lit., “hear no rebuke.”
Lit., “rejoices.”
Or “those consulting together.”
Or “Wealth from vanity.”
Lit., “gathers by hand.”
Or “Hope.”
Or “the word.”
Or “law.”
Or “reproof.”
Or “soul.”
Or “he.”
Or “discipline; punishment.”
Or possibly, “promptly.”
Or “soul.”