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13 A wise youth accepts his father’s rebuke; a young mocker doesn’t.

The good man wins his case by careful argument; the evil-minded only wants to fight.

Self-control means controlling the tongue! A quick retort can ruin everything.

Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering.

A good man hates lies; wicked men lie constantly[a] and come to shame.

A man’s goodness helps him all through life, while evil men are being destroyed by their wickedness.

Some rich people are poor, and some poor people have great wealth!

Being kidnapped and held for ransom never worries the poor man!

The good man’s life is full of light. The sinner’s road is dark and gloomy.

10 Pride leads to arguments; be humble, take advice, and become wise.

11 Wealth from gambling quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.[b]

13 Despise God’s Word and find yourself in trouble. Obey it and succeed.

14 The advice of a wise man refreshes like water from a mountain spring. Those accepting it become aware of the pitfalls on ahead.

15 A man with good sense is appreciated. A treacherous man must walk a rocky road.

16 A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t and even brags about it!

17 An unreliable messenger can cause a lot of trouble. Reliable communication permits progress.

18 If you refuse criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept criticism, you are on the road to fame.

19 It is pleasant to see plans develop. That is why fools refuse to give them up even when they are wrong.

20 Be with wise men and become wise. Be with evil men and become evil.

21 Curses chase sinners, while blessings chase the righteous!

22 When a good man dies, he leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren; but when a sinner dies, his wealth is stored up for the godly.

23 A poor man’s farm may have good soil, but injustice robs him of its riches.

24 If you refuse to discipline your son, it proves you don’t love him; for if you love him, you will be prompt to punish him.

25 The good man eats to live, while the evil man lives to eat.[c]


  1. Proverbs 13:5 wicked men lie constantly, implied.
  2. Proverbs 13:12 but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy, literally, “it is a tree of life.”
  3. Proverbs 13:25 while the evil man lives to eat, literally, “but the wicked never get enough.”

13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
    but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.(A)

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,(B)
    but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.

Those who guard their lips(C) preserve their lives,(D)
    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.(E)

A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,(F)
    but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

The righteous hate what is false,(G)
    but the wicked make themselves a stench
    and bring shame on themselves.

Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
    but wickedness overthrows the sinner.(H)

One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;(I)
    another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.(J)

A person’s riches may ransom their life,
    but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.(K)

The light of the righteous shines brightly,
    but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.(L)

10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
    but wisdom is found in those who take advice.(M)

11 Dishonest money dwindles away,(N)
    but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.(O)

13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,(P)
    but whoever respects(Q) a command is rewarded.(R)

14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,(S)
    turning a person from the snares of death.(T)

15 Good judgment wins favor,
    but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.[a]

16 All who are prudent act with[b] knowledge,
    but fools expose(U) their folly.(V)

17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,(W)
    but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.(X)

18 Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame,(Y)
    but whoever heeds correction is honored.(Z)

19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,(AA)
    but fools detest turning from evil.

20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm.(AB)

21 Trouble pursues the sinner,(AC)
    but the righteous(AD) are rewarded with good things.(AE)

22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,
    but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.(AF)

23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor,
    but injustice sweeps it away.

24 Whoever spares the rod(AG) hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline(AH) them.(AI)

25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,
    but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.(AJ)


  1. Proverbs 13:15 Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Proverbs 13:16 Or prudent protect themselves through