Proverbs 13:1-18 King James Version

13 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

2  A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

3  He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

4  The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

5  A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

6  Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner. [1]

7  There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

8  The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

9  The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp [2] of the wicked shall be put out.

10  Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

11  Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour [3] shall increase.

12  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

13  Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. [4]

14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

15  Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

16  Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

17  A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful [5] ambassador is health.

18  Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

Footnotes

[1] 13:6 the sinner: Heb. sin

[2] 13:9 lamp: or, candle

[3] 13:11 by labour: Heb. with the hand

[4] 13:13 shall be rewarded: or, shall be in peace

[5] 13:17 a faithful...: Heb. an ambassador of faithfulness

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