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Ketuvim - Writings

Proverbs

Chapter 13

1 A wise son is instructed of his father; but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good from the fruit of his mouth; but the desire of the faithless is violence.
3 He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; but for him that openeth wide his lips there shall be ruin.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be abundantly gratified.
5 A righteous man hateth lying; but a wicked man behaveth vilely and shamefully.
6 Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way; but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 There is that pretendeth himself rich, yet hath nothing; there is that pretendeth himself poor, yet hath great wealth.
8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches; but the poor heareth no threatening.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth; but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 By pride cometh only contention; but with the well-advised is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; but he that gathereth little by little shall increase.
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoso despiseth the word shall suffer thereby; but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding giveth grace; but the way of the faithless is harsh.
16 Every prudent man dealeth with forethought; but a fool unfoldeth folly.
17 A wicked messenger falleth into evil; but a faithful ambassador is health.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction; but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; and it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but the companion of fools shall smart for it.
21 Evil pursueth sinners; but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children; and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.
23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor; but there is that is swept away by want of righteousness.
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his desire; but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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