13 A son is wise where there is a father’s discipline,+ but the ridiculer is one that has not heard rebuke.+ 2 From the fruitage of his mouth a man will eat good,+ but the very soul* of those dealing treacherously is violence.+ 3 The one guarding his mouth is keeping his soul.+ The one opening wide his lips—he will have ruin.+ 4 The lazy one is showing himself desirous, but his soul [has] nothing.+ However, the very soul of the diligent ones will be made fat.+ 5 A false word is what the righteous hates,+ but the wicked ones act shamefully and cause disgrace for themselves.+ 6 Righteousness itself safeguards the one who is harmless in his way,+ but wickedness is what subverts the sinner.*+ 7 There exists the one that is pretending to be rich and yet he has nothing at all;+ there is the one that is pretending to be of little means and yet [he has] many valuable things. 8 The ransom for a man’s soul is his riches,+ but the one of little means has not heard rebuke.+ 9 The very light of the righteous ones will rejoice;+ but the lamp of the wicked ones—it will be extinguished.+ 10 By presumptuousness one only causes a struggle,+ but with those consulting together there is wisdom.+ 11 Valuable things resulting from vanity become fewer,+ but the one collecting by the hand is the one that makes increase.+ 12 Expectation postponed is making the heart sick,+ but the thing desired is a tree of life when it does come.+ 13 He that has despised the word,+ from him a [debtor’s] pledge will be seized; but the one fearing the commandment is the one that will be rewarded.+ 14 The law of the wise one is a source* of life,+ to turn one away from the snares of death.+ 15 Good insight itself gives favor,+ but the way of those dealing treacherously is rugged.*+ 16 Everyone shrewd will act with knowledge,+ but the one that is stupid will spread abroad foolishness.+ 17 A messenger that is wicked will fall into bad,+ but a faithful envoy is a healing.+ 18 The one neglecting discipline [comes to] poverty and dishonor,+ but the one keeping a reproof is the one that is glorified.+ 19 Desire when realized is pleasurable to the soul;+ but it is something detestable to the stupid ones to turn away from bad.+ 20 He that is walking with wise persons will become wise,+ but he that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly.+ 21 Sinners are the ones whom calamity pursues,+ but the righteous are the ones whom good rewards.+ 22 One who is good will leave an inheritance to sons of sons, and the wealth of the sinner is something treasured up for the righteous one.+ 23 Plowed ground of persons of little means [yields] a great deal of food,+ but there exists the one that is swept away for lack of judgment.+ 24 The one holding back his rod is hating his son,+ but the one loving him is he that does look for him with discipline.+ 25 The righteous is eating to the satisfaction of his soul,+ but the belly of the wicked ones will be empty.+
^ “But the very soul (soulful desire) of.” Heb., weneʹphesh; Gr., psy·khaiʹ; Lat., aʹni·ma.
^ By a slight correction; M appears to read, “wickedness is what distorts a sin offering.”
^ Or, “well.” Heb., meqohrʹ.
^ “Rugged,” according to the suggestion offered by BDB, p. 451; by a correction of M, “their disaster.”