Proverbs 13:1-18 NIV

1 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.1

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2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things,2 but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.

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3 He who guards his lips3 guards his life,4 but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.5

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4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing,6 but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

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5 The righteous hate what is false,7 but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.

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6 Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.8

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7 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;9 another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.10

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8 A man's riches may ransom his life, but a poor man hears no threat.11

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9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.12

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10 Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.13

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11 Dishonest money dwindles away,14 but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.

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12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.15

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13 He who scorns instruction will pay for it,16 but he who respects17 a command is rewarded.18

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14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,19 turning a man from the snares of death.20

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15 Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.a

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    • a 13:15 - Or "unfaithful does not endure"
      16 Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes21 his folly.22

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      17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,23 but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.24

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      18 He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame,25 but whoever heeds correction is honored.26

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