13 A wise son accepts his father’s discipline,+
But the scoffer does not listen to a rebuke.*+
2 From the fruitage of his speech* a man will eat what is good,+
But the very desire* of the treacherous is for violence.
3 The one guarding his mouth* protects his life,*+
But the one opening his lips wide will come to ruin.+
4 The lazy person has his cravings, yet he* has nothing,+
But the diligent one* will be fully satisfied.*+
5 The righteous one hates lies,+
But the actions of the wicked bring shame and disgrace.
6 Righteousness protects the one whose way is innocent,+
But wickedness brings down the sinner.
7 There is one who pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;+
There is another who pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8 Riches are the ransom for a man’s life,*+
But the poor are not even threatened.*+
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,*+
But the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.+
10 Presumptuousness leads only to strife,+
But wisdom belongs to those who seek advice.*+
11 Wealth quickly gained* will dwindle,+
But the wealth of the one who gathers it little by little* will increase.
12 Expectation* postponed makes the heart sick,+
But a desire realized is a tree of life.+
13 Whoever despises instruction* will pay the penalty,+
But the one who respects the commandment will be rewarded.+
14 The teaching* of the wise one is a source of life+
To turn one away from the snares of death.
15 Keen insight wins favor,
But the way of the treacherous is harsh.
16 The shrewd person acts with knowledge,+
But the fool exposes his own foolishness.+
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,+
But a faithful envoy brings healing.+
18 Whoever neglects discipline comes to poverty and disgrace,
But the one accepting correction* will be glorified.+
19 Desire when realized is sweet to a person,*+
But the stupid hate to turn away from bad.+
20 The one walking with the wise will become wise,+
But the one who has dealings with the stupid will fare badly.+
21 Calamity pursues sinners,+
But prosperity rewards the righteous.+
22 The good person leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren,
But the sinner’s wealth will be stored up for the righteous one.+
23 The plowed field of the poor yields much food,
But it* may be swept away by injustice.
24 Whoever holds back his rod* hates his son,+
But the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.*+
25 The righteous one eats and satisfies his appetite,*+
But the stomach of the wicked is empty.+