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Proverbs 13:1-25

13 * A wise son a father’s instruction,but a cynic hears not a rebuke. 2  Out of the fruit of a man’s mouth he will eat good,but faithless men’s appetite is for outrage. 3  He who keeps watch of his mouth is guarding his life;he who throws his lips open comes to ruin. 4 * An idler has an appetite and finds nothing,but energetic men’s appetite will find plenty of oil. 5  An honest man hates a false word,but a rogue leaves you disappointed and abashed. 6  Right-doing keeps safe a man of conscientious course,but sin upsets wrong-doers. 7  There are such things as a man who makes himself out rich and there is nothing at all there,and a man who makes himself out poor and there are quantitiesof goods. 8 * A man’s riches buy off his life;but a poor man hears not a rebuke. 9  Right-doers’ light is merry,and wrong-doers’ lamp goes out. 10 * A man with nothing in him will start a squabble by self-will; but wisdom is with men who take advice. 11 * Property got together in a rush will shrink;but one who gathers bit by bit will make much. 12 * An expectation long drawn out breeds sickness in the heart; but a desire that comes true is bark from a tree of life. 13 ** One who despises a word will have to give security;but one who fears a commandment, he will go safe. 14  A wise man’s precept is a spring of lifefor keeping away from the snares of death. 15 * Tact gives charm;but faithless men’s course is to perdition. 16  Any shrewd man acts by knowledge;but a fool spreads out ignorance. 17 * An unscrupulous messenger tumbles one into disaster,but a trustworthy courier is healing. 18  Poverty and dishonor, who neglects instruction;but one who observes admonition will come to high standing. 19 * A desire realized is sweet to the soul;but avoiding anything bad is what fools detest. 20  Go with wise men and become wise;but one who cultivates fools will come to harm. 21 * Disaster pursues sinners,but comfortable prosperity rests with honest men. 22  A good man will bequeath an inheritance to children’s children,but a sinner’s wealth is stored away for an honest man. 23 * Plenty of food, poor men’s sod-breaking;but there is such a thing as one that is swept away without justice. 24  He who holds back his stick hates his son,but he who loves him goes in quest of it as a discipline. 25  A right-doer eats all his appetite wants,but wrong-doers’ stomachs are scrimped.

Footnotes

13:1 (first part) Susp.
13:4 Lit. An idler’s appetite desires and there is nothing
13:8 Susp.
13:10 Codd.* One will only by self-will start a squabble
13:11 Var. Property out of nothing (that is, that comes out of nothing)
13:12 Or is a tree of life
13:13 Or will be ruined; but
13:13 Codd.* he will be paid
13:15 Var. course is permanent Conj. course is amid quarrel
13:17 Codd.* tumbles into
13:19 Or but keeping away from harm is
13:21 Codd. but honest men he will pay good Var. but good will overtake honest men
13:23 Susp.