Proverbs 13 (New International Reader's Version)

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1 A wise child pays attention to what his father teaches him. But anyone who makes fun of others doesn't listen to warnings. 2 The good things a man says benefit him. But a liar loves to hurt others. 3 Anyone who guards what he says guards his life. But anyone who speaks without thinking will be destroyed. 4 People who refuse to work want things and get nothing. But the longings of people who work hard are completely satisfied. 5 Those who do right hate what is false. But those who do wrong bring shame and dishonor. 6 Doing right guards those who are honest. But evil destroys those who are sinful. 7 Some people pretend to be rich but have nothing. Others pretend to be poor but have great wealth. 8 A man who is rich might have to pay to save his life. But a poor person is not in danger of that. 9 The lights of godly people shine brightly. But the lamps of sinners are blown out. 10 Pride only leads to arguing. But those who take advice are wise. 11 Money that is gained in the wrong way disappears. But money that is gathered little by little grows. 12 Hope that is put off makes one sick at heart. But a longing that is met is like a tree of life. 13 Anyone who hates what he is taught will pay for it later. But a person who respects a command will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of wise people is like a fountain that gives life. It turns those who listen to it away from the jaws of death. 15 Good understanding wins favor. But the way of liars doesn't last. 16 Wise people act in keeping with the knowledge they have. But foolish people show how foolish they are. 17 An evil messenger gets into trouble. But a messenger who is trusted brings healing. 18 Those who turn away from their training become poor and ashamed. But those who accept warnings are honored. 19 A longing that is met is like something that tastes sweet. But foolish people hate to turn away from evil. 20 Anyone who walks with wise people grows wise. But a companion of foolish people suffers harm. 21 Hard times chase those who are sinful. But success is the reward of those who do right. 22 A good person leaves what he owns to his children and grandchildren. But a sinner's wealth is stored up for those who do right. 23 The fields of poor people might produce a lot of food. But those who beat them down destroy it all. 24 Those who don't correct their children hate them. But those who love them are careful to train them. 25 Those who do right eat until they are full. But the stomachs of those who do wrong go hungry.
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