King James Bible

Proverbs 13:1-25

The wise and the foolish contrasted

"1 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.”

“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 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 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.”

“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 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: but [it is] abomination to fools to depart from evil.”

“20 He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

“21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.”

“22 A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.”

“23 Much food [is in] the tillage of the poor: but there is [that is] destroyed for want of judgment.”

“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 soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.” (Proverbs 13:1-25 AV)

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