Proverbs 13

1 A wise son listens to his father's discipline, but a mocker does not listen to reprimands.
2 A person eats well as a result of his speaking ability, but the appetite of treacherous people [craves] violence.
3 Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin.
4 A lazy person craves food and there is none, but the appetite of hard-working people is satisfied.
5 A righteous person hates lying, but a wicked person behaves with shame and disgrace.
6 Righteousness protects the honest way of life, but wickedness ruins a sacrifice for sin.
7 One person pretends to be rich but has nothing. Another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.
8 A person's riches are the ransom for his life, but the poor person does not pay attention to threats.
9 The light of righteous people beams brightly, but the lamp of wicked people will be snuffed out.
10 Arrogance produces only quarreling, but those who take advice gain wisdom.
11 Wealth [gained] through injustice dwindles away, but whoever gathers little by little has plenty.
12 Delayed hope makes one sick at heart, but a fulfilled longing is a tree of life.
13 Whoever despises [God's] words will pay the penalty, but the one who fears [God's] commands will be rewarded.
14 The teachings of a wise person are a fountain of life to turn [one] away from the grasp of death.
15 Good sense brings favor, but the way of treacherous people is always the same.
16 Any sensible person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays stupidity.
17 An undependable messenger gets into trouble, but a dependable envoy brings healing.
18 Poverty and shame come to a person who ignores discipline, but whoever pays attention to constructive criticism will be honored.
19 A fulfilled desire is sweet to the soul, but turning from evil is disgusting to fools.
20 Whoever walks with wise people will be wise, but whoever associates with fools will suffer.
21 Disaster hunts down sinners, but righteous people are rewarded with good.
22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the wealth of sinners is stored away for a righteous person.
23 When poor people are able to plow, there is much food, but a person is swept away where there is no justice.
24 Whoever refuses to spank his son hates him, but whoever loves his son disciplines him from early on.
25 A righteous person eats to satisfy his appetite, but the bellies of wicked people are always empty.

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.

Proverbs 13 Commentaries

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