1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
1 A wise son responds to his father’s discipline,but a mocker doesn’t listen to rebuke.
1 A wise son heeds a father's correction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.
1 A wise son heeds and accepts [and is the result of] his father’s discipline and instruction,But a scoffer does not listen to reprimand and does not learn from his errors.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
2 From the fruit of his words a man receives benefit, but the treacherous crave violence.
2 From the fruit of his mouth a [wise] man enjoys good,But the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
3 Anyone who guards his words protects his life; anyone who talks too much is ruined.
3 The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life;The one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin.
4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
4 The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
5 The righteous hate lying,but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.
5 A righteous person hates deceit, but the wicked person is shameful and disgraceful.
5 A righteous man hates lies,But a wicked man is loathsome, and he acts shamefully.
6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
6 Righteousness protects the blameless, but wickedness brings down the sinner.
6 Righteousness (being in right standing with God) guards the one whose way is blameless,But wickedness undermines and overthrows the sinner.
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
7 One person pretends to be wealthy, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet is rich.
8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,But the poor hears no rebuke.
8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
8 The life of a wealthy man may be held for ransom, but whoever is poor receives no threats.
8 The ransom for a man’s life is his wealth,But the poor man does not even have to listen to a rebuke or threats [from the envious].
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
9 The light of the righteous shines, but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.
9 The light of the righteous [within him—grows brighter and] rejoices,But the lamp of the wicked [is a temporary light and] goes out.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
10 Arrogance only brings quarreling, but those receiving advice are wise.
10 Through pride and presumption come nothing but strife,But [skillful and godly] wisdom is with those who welcome [well-advised] counsel.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
11 Wealth gained dishonestly dwindles away, but whoever works diligently increases his prosperity.
11 Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles,But he who gathers gradually by [honest] labor will increase [his riches].
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
12 Delayed hope makes the heart ill, but fulfilled longing is a tree of life.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,But when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.
13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
13 Anyone who despises a word of advice will pay for it, but whoever heeds a command will be rewarded.
13 Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself,But he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] will be rewarded.
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
14 What the wise have to teach is a fountain of life and causes someone to avoid the snares of death.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain and source of life,So that one may avoid the snares of death.
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
15 Good understanding produces grace, but the lifestyle of the treacherous never changes.
15 Good understanding wins favor [from others],But the way of the unfaithful is hard [like barren, dry soil].
16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
16 Every sensible person acts from knowledge, but a fool demonstrates folly.
16 Every prudent and self-disciplined man acts with knowledge,But a [closed-minded] fool [who refuses to learn] displays his foolishness [for all to see].
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
17 An evil messenger stumbles into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
17 A wicked messenger falls into hardship,But a faithful ambassador brings healing.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
18 Poverty and shame are for those who ignore correction, but whoever listens to instruction gains honor.
18 Poverty and shame will come to him who refuses instruction and discipline,But he who accepts and learns from reproof or censure is honored.
19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul,But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
19 Fulfilled longing is sweet to the soul, but avoiding evil is detestable to the fool.
19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul;But it is detestable to fools to turn away from evil [which they have planned].
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
20 The one who walks with the wise will become wise,but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
20 Whoever keeps company with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
21 Disaster pursues the sinful, but good will reward the righteous.
21 Adversity pursues sinners,But the [consistently] upright will be rewarded with prosperity.
22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
22 A good person leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, but the wealth of the wicked is reserved for the righteous.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for [the hands of] the righteous.
23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
23 The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food,but without justice, it is swept away.
23 The field of the poor may produce much food, but it can be swept away through injustice.
23 Abundant food is in the fallow (uncultivated) ground of the poor,But [without protection] it is swept away by injustice.
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
24 Whoever does not discipline his son hates him, but whoever loves him is diligent to correct him.
25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
25 A righteous person eats to his heart's content, but the stomach of the wicked remains hungry.
25 The [consistently] righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,But the stomach of the wicked is in need [of bread].
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