Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

A (A)wise son accepts his father’s discipline,
But a (B)scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
From the fruit of a man’s mouth he (a)(C)enjoys good,
But the (b)desire of the treacherous is (D)violence.
The one who (E)guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who (F)opens wide his lips (c)comes to ruin.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
A righteous man (G)hates falsehood,
But a wicked man (d)(H)acts disgustingly and shamefully.
Righteousness (I)guards the (e)one whose way is blameless,
But wickedness subverts the (f)sinner.
There is one who (J)pretends to be rich, but has nothing;
Another (g)pretends to be (K)poor, but has great wealth.
The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
But the poor hears no rebuke.
The (L)light of the righteous (h)rejoices,
But the (M)lamp of the wicked goes out.
Through insolence (i)comes nothing but strife,
But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
Wealth obtained by (j)fraud dwindles,
But the one who gathers (k)by labor increases it.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire (l)fulfilled is a tree of life.
The one who (N)despises the word will be (m)in debt to it,
But the one who fears the commandment will be (O)rewarded.
The (n)teaching of the wise is a (P)fountain of life,
To turn aside from the (Q)snares of death.
(R)Good understanding produces favor,
But the way of the treacherous is hard.
Every (S)prudent man acts with knowledge,
But a fool (o)displays folly.
A wicked messenger falls into adversity,
But (T)a faithful envoy brings healing.
Poverty and shame will come to him who (U)neglects (p)discipline,
But he who regards reproof will be honored.
Desire realized is sweet to the soul,
But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.
(V)He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
(W)Adversity pursues sinners,
But the (X)righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.
A good man (Y)leaves an inheritance to his (q)children’s children,
And the (Z)wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
(AA)Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
But (r)it is swept away by injustice.
He who (AB)withholds his (s)rod hates his son,
But he who loves him (t)(AC)disciplines him diligently.
The (AD)righteous (u)has enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the (AE)wicked is in need.


a. Proverbs 13:2: ['Lit ', eats]
b. Proverbs 13:2: ['Lit ', soul]
c. Proverbs 13:3: ['Lit ', ruin is his]
d. Proverbs 13:5: ['Lit ', causes a bad odor and causes shame]
e. Proverbs 13:6: ['Lit ', blamelessness of way]
f. Proverbs 13:6: ['Lit ', sin]
g. Proverbs 13:7: ['Lit ', impoverishes himself]
h. Proverbs 13:9: ['I.e. shines brightly']
i. Proverbs 13:10: ['Lit ', gives]
j. Proverbs 13:11: ['Lit ', vanity]
k. Proverbs 13:11: ['Or ', gradually, '; lit ', on the hand]
l. Proverbs 13:12: ['Lit ', coming]
m. Proverbs 13:13: ['Lit ', pledged to it]
n. Proverbs 13:14: ['Or ', law]
o. Proverbs 13:16: ['Lit ', spreads out]
p. Proverbs 13:18: ['Or ', instruction]
q. Proverbs 13:22: ['Lit ', sons’ sons]
r. Proverbs 13:23: ['Lit ', there is what is swept]
s. Proverbs 13:24: ['I.e. correction or discipline']
t. Proverbs 13:24: ['Lit ', seeks him diligently with discipline]
u. Proverbs 13:25: ['Lit ', eats to the satisfaction of his soul]

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