13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit a of [his] mouth: but the soul of the transgressors [shall eat] violence.
(a) If he uses his tongue to God's glory, and
the profit of his neighbour, God will bless him.
13:4 The soul of the sluggard b
desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
(b) He always desires, but takes no pains to get
The ransom of a man's life [is] his riches: but the poor c
heareth not rebuke.
(c) For his poverty, he is not able to escape the
threatenings, which the cruel oppressors use against him.
13:10 Only by pride d
cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
(d) When as every man contends to have
preeminence, and will not give place to another.
Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth f
by labour shall increase.
(e) That is, goods evil gotten.
(f) That is, with his own labour.
13:13 Whoever despiseth g
the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be
(g) Meaning the word of God, by which he is
admonished of his duty.
A wicked messenger falleth h into
mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.
(h) Brings many inconveniences both to himself
and to others.
He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be
(i) As he is partaker of their wickedness, and
bears with their vices, so will he be punished alike as they are.
13:22 A good [man] leaveth an
inheritance to his children's children: and the k
wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.
(k) Read (Job
13:23 Much food [is in] the fallow ground of the l
poor: but there is [that is] destroyed for lack of judgment.
(l) God blesses the labour of the poor, and
consumes their goods who are negligent, because they think they have enough.