Proverbs 13

1 Wise children pay attention when their parents correct them, but arrogant people never admit they are wrong.
2 Good people will be rewarded for what they say, but those who are deceitful are hungry for violence.
3 Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself. 1
4 No matter how much a lazy person may want something, he will never get it. A hard worker will get everything he wants.
5 Honest people hate lies, but the words of wicked people are shameful and disgraceful.
6 Righteousness protects the innocent; wickedness is the downfall of sinners.
7 Some people pretend to be rich, but have nothing. Others pretend to be poor, but own a fortune.
8 The rich have to use their money to save their lives, but no one threatens the poor.
9 The righteous are like a light shining brightly; the wicked are like a lamp flickering out.
10 Arrogance causes nothing but trouble. It is wiser to ask for advice.
11 The more easily you get your wealth, the sooner you will lose it. The harder it is to earn, the more you will have.
12 When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy.
13 If you refuse good advice, you are asking for trouble; follow it and you are safe.
14 The teachings of the wise are a fountain of life; they will help you escape when your life is in danger.
15 Intelligence wins respect, but those who can't be trusted are on the road to ruin.
16 Sensible people always think before they act, but stupid people advertise their ignorance.
17 Unreliable messengers cause trouble, but those who can be trusted bring peace.
18 Someone who will not learn will be poor and disgraced. Anyone who listens to correction is respected.
19 How good it is to get what you want! Stupid people refuse to turn away from evil.
20 Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined. 2
21 Trouble follows sinners everywhere, but righteous people will be rewarded with good things.
22 Good people will have wealth to leave to their grandchildren, but the wealth of sinners will go to the righteous.
23 Unused fields could yield plenty of food for the poor, but unjust people keep them from being farmed.
24 If you don't punish your children, you don't love them. If you do love them, you will correct them.
25 The righteous have enough to eat, but the wicked are always hungry.

Proverbs 13 Commentary

Chapter 13

Verse 1 There is great hope of those that reverence their parents. There is little hope of any who will not hear those that deal faithfully with them. Verse 2 . By our words we must be justified or condemned, ( Verse 3 ) . He that thinks before he speaks, that suppresses evil if he have thought it, keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief. Many a one is ruined by an ungoverned tongue. Verse 4 . The slothful desire the gains the diligent get, but hate the pains the diligent take; therefore they have nothing. This is especially true as to the soul. Verse 5 . Where sin reigns, the man is loathsome. If his conscience were awake, he would abhor himself, and repent in dust and ashes. Verse 6 . An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. Verse 7 . Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. Verse 8 . Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. Verse 9 . The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. Verse 10 . All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. Verse 11 . Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. Verse 12 . The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended. Verse 13 . He that stands in awe of God, and reverences his word, shall escape destruction, and be rewarded for his godly fear. Verse 14 . The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. Verse 15 . The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. Verse 16 . It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. Verse 17 . Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. Verse 18 . He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. Verse 19 . There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. Verse 20 . Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. Verse 21 . When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. Verse 22 . The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. Verse 23 . The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. Verse 24 . He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. Verse 25 . It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.

Cross References 2

  • 1. +213.3Ben Sira 28.25, 26.
  • 2. +213.20Ben Sira 6.33, 34.

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. [One ancient translation] road to ruin; [Hebrew] permanent road.
  • [b]. [Verse 23 in Hebrew is unclear.]

Proverbs 13 Commentaries