Proverbs 13

1 A wise son [hears his] father's instruction, but a mocker doesn't listen to rebuke.
2 From the words of his mouth, a man will enjoy good things, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.
3 The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
4 The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate lying, but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.
6 Righteousness guards people of integrity, but wickedness undermines the sinner.
7 One man pretends to be rich but has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.
8 Riches are a ransom for a man's life, but a poor man hears no threat.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.
10 Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.
11 Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.
12 Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.
13 The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.
14 A wise man's instruction is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.
15 Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous never changes.
16 Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy courier [brings] healing.
18 Poverty and disgrace [come to] those who ignore instruction, but the one who accepts rebuke will be honored.
19 Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but fools hate to turn from evil.
20 The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
21 Disaster pursues sinners, but good rewards the righteous.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, but the sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
23 The field of the poor yields abundant food, but without justice, it is swept away.
24 The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.
25 A righteous man eats until he is satisfied, but the stomach of the wicked is empty.
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Proverbs 14

1 Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
2 Whoever lives with integrity fears the Lord, but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him.
3 The proud speech of a fool [brings] a rod [of discipline], but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 Where there are no oxen, the feeding-trough is empty, but an abundant harvest [comes] through the strength of an ox.
5 An honest witness does not deceive, but a dishonest witness utters lies.
6 A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn't find it, but knowledge [comes] easily to the perceptive.
7 Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech.
8 The sensible man's wisdom is to consider his way, but the stupidity of fools deceives [them].
9 Fools mock at making restitution, but there is goodwill among the upright.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no outsider shares in its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will stand.
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
13 Even in laughter a heart may be sad, and joy may end in grief.
14 The disloyal will get what their conduct deserves, and a good man, what his [deeds deserve.]
15 The inexperienced believe anything, but the sensible watch their steps.
16 A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless.
17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man who schemes is hated.
18 The gullible inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before those who are good, the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.
20 A poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but there are many who love the rich.
21 The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.
22 Don't those who plan evil go astray? But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.
23 There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the foolishness of fools produces foolishness.
25 A truthful witness rescues lives, but one who utters lies is deceitful.
26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence and his children have a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.
28 A large population is a king's splendor, but a shortage of people is a ruler's devastation.
29 A patient person [shows] great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.
30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.
31 The one who oppresses the poor insults their Maker, but one who is kind to the needy honors Him.
32 The wicked are thrown down by their own sin, but the righteous have a refuge when they die.
33 Wisdom resides in the heart of the discerning; she is known even among fools.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 A king favors a wise servant, but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.
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Proverbs 15

1 A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.
4 The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father's instruction, but a person who heeds correction is sensible.
6 The house of the righteous has great wealth, but trouble accompanies the income of the wicked.
7 The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but He loves the one who pursues righteousness.
10 Discipline is harsh for the one who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord - how much more, human hearts.
12 A mocker doesn't love one who corrects him; he will not consult the wise.
13 A joyful heart makes a face cheerful, but a sad heart [produces] a broken spirit.
14 A discerning mind seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15 All the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure with turmoil.
17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up conflict, but a man slow to anger calms strife.
19 A slacker's way is like a thorny hedge, but the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish one despises his mother.
21 Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, but a man with understanding walks a straight path.
22 Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
23 A man takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word-how good that is!
24 For the discerning the path of life leads upward, so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.
25 The Lord destroys the house of the proud, but He protects the widow's territory.
26 The Lord detests the plans of an evil man, but pleasant words are pure.
27 The one who profits dishonestly troubles his household, but the one who hates bribes will live.
28 The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 Bright eyes cheer the heart; good news strengthens the bones.
31 An ear that listens to life-giving rebukes will be at home among the wise.
32 Anyone who ignores instruction despises himself, but whoever listens to correction acquires good sense.
33 The fear of the Lord is wisdom's instruction, and humility comes before honor.
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