Proverbs 13-15 English Standard Version

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13 A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

2  From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.

3  Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

4  The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

5  The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame[1] and disgrace.

6  Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.

7  One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

8  The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.

9  The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

10  By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

11  Wealth gained hastily[2] will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

13  Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

14  The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

15  Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.[3]

16  In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

17  A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

18  Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

19  A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.

20  Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

21  Disaster[4] pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.

22  A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.

23  The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.

24  Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.[5]

25  The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

14 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

2  Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him.

3  By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,[6] but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

4  Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

5  A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.

6  A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

7  Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

8  The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

9  Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.[7]

10  The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.

11  The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

12  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.[8]

13  Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

14  The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

15  The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

16  One who is wise is cautious[9] and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

17  A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.

18  The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19  The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20  The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends.

21  Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

22  Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet[10] steadfast love and faithfulness.

23  In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

24  The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly.

25  A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.

26  In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. 27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.

28  In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined.

29  Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

30  A tranquil[11] heart gives life to the flesh, but envy[12] makes the bones rot.

31  Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

32  The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.

33  Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.[13]

34  Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

35  A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

15 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2  The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

3  The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

4  A gentle[14] tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

5  A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

6  In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.

7  The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.[15]

8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

9  The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

10  There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die.

11  Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man!

12  A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

13  A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

14  The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

15  All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

16  Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. 17  Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

18  A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

19  The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

20  A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

21  Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.

22  Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

23  To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

24  The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

25  The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow's boundaries.

26  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.

27  Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.

28  The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

29  The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30  The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes[16] the bones.

31  The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

32  Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

33  The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

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Footnotes

[1] 13:5 Or stench

[2] 13:11 Or by fraud

[3] 13:15 Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); Hebrew is rugged, or is an enduring rut

[4] 13:21 Or Evil

[5] 13:24 Or who loves him disciplines him early

[6] 14:3 Or In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride

[7] 14:9 Hebrew but among the upright is acceptance

[8] 14:12 Hebrew ways of death

[9] 14:16 Or fears [the Lord]

[10] 14:22 Or show

[11] 14:30 Or healing

[12] 14:30 Or jealousy

[13] 14:33 Or Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of a man of understanding, but makes itself known in the midst of fools

[14] 15:4 Or healing

[15] 15:7 Or the hearts of fools are not steadfast

[16] 15:30 Hebrew makes fat

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